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  • #31
    Re: Fernandez may skip NCAA Indoor

    Originally posted by gh
    World Cross may take preference: see story now on front page.
    Two drivers which come to mind: Improving last year's placing and gaining even more strength for a good 5.000m outdoors.

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    • #32
      I would rather see what appears to be the next great American distance runner take on the best distance runners in the world in the greatest distance race on earth, the World Cross Country Championship.

      If thats wrong i dont want to be right. I think he will do quite well, cant wait!
      phsstt!

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      • #33
        [quote=Marlow]
        Originally posted by bad hammy
        Ignore Marlow - he routinely and copiously posts concerning things about which he has no clue . . .
        Originally posted by "bad hammy":icsb2gud
        Marlow's specialty is posting anywhere anytime about anything. His sub-specialty is posting about anywhere anytime about anything he knows nothing about. He is currently working hard on his sub-specialty.
        Are we developing an obsession, my dear?[/quote:icsb2gud]
        I guess I was restating the obvious . . .

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        • #34
          Glad to see he's doing WXC in lieu of indoor NCAA. To me it means 2 things: 1. He wants to race the best, and he knows that's out of the U.S., and that augurs well for him physically and psychologically. 2. It means he has a coach who knows that taking on the best (in his current category) is a motivating factor, not because he'll win, but because he'll be tested to the max. On the other hand you have an athlete like Manzano who has been largely shielded from taking on the best (no European tours as far as I know) and is thus remiss in the knowledge to be gained from racing the best.

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          • #35
            Originally posted by bad hammy
            I guess I was restating the obvious . . .
            I see. Well, I'm flattered by the individual attention, of course.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by jeremyp
              ... On the other hand you have an athlete like Manzano who has been largely shielded from taking on the best (no European tours as far as I know) and is thus remiss in the knowledge to be gained from racing the best.
              On the other hand - is there a third? - Manzano did make a great leap forward to this little Game called the Olympics last year.

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              • #37
                This is obviously a decision for Smith and Fernandez to make; I'm not questioning or approving it either way as far as they are concerned.

                I am surprised, however, that so many here seem to think this necessarily needs to be an either/or situation. World XC is 14 days after the NCAA meet, and the notion that Fernandez would have to run multiple races at NCAAs is completely unfounded -- the only race he could run that has prelims is the mile, and there's nothing forcing him to run that race, since he is #2 in the nation in the 3000m.

                Just should note that the article does not say that the decision has been made, but that it will be discussed after Big XII.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by KevinM
                  This is obviously a decision for Smith and Fernandez to make; I'm not questioning or approving it either way as far as they are concerned.

                  I am surprised, however, that so many here seem to think this necessarily needs to be an either/or situation. World XC is 14 days after the NCAA meet, and the notion that Fernandez would have to run multiple races at NCAAs is completely unfounded -- the only race he could run that has prelims is the mile, and there's nothing forcing him to run that race, since he is #2 in the nation in the 3000m.

                  Just should note that the article does not say that the decision has been made, but that it will be discussed after Big XII.
                  I would agree. I don't like overracing at this time of year but a "sharpening" 3k may be perfect prep for a peak phase heading into Worlds.

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                  • #39
                    I could understand why some people might want him to run NCAA indoors. It's a sure thing to be televised.
                    Now World Cross we may not see at all. If were lucky we might see a brief minute clip during another meet. I do agree that he should be racing against the best in the world as opposed to the best collegians in the U.S. Plus he gets a chance to redeem himself after NCAA cross champs and show what he might have been able to do. I hope he runs well.

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                    • #40
                      I agree that the NCAA/WX-C does not have to be an either/or situation. The concern would be too much total racing during this time period. The idea of running a couple of Indoor 3K's as sharpeners for the World Cross works very well. But running 4 or 5 Indoor Races + a couple of Cross-Country races + the World Championships would be less than ideal, from my perspective.

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                      • #41
                        Curious that Coach Smith wasn't worried about Fernandez overracing a week ago when he ran at Washington (the week after his xc win in Maryland)?

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by EPelle
                          Originally posted by jeremyp
                          ... On the other hand you have an athlete like Manzano who has been largely shielded from taking on the best (no European tours as far as I know) and is thus remiss in the knowledge to be gained from racing the best.
                          On the other hand - is there a third? - Manzano did make a great leap forward to this little Game called the Olympics last year.[/quote

                          As he did in the WC's the year before, and without a European season. Now that he's out of the NCAA he needs to get to Europe post trials - whether he qualifies or not.

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                          • #43
                            Dave Smith tells RW that Fernandez will indeed skip the NCAA. Story now on front page.

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                            • #44
                              It will be interesting to see the final lineups for the mile and 3000.

                              Personally, I find it a bit surprising if German does pass on the NCAA indoor meet. So many things can happen in life, he may never have a better opportunity.

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by ed gee
                                It will be interesting to see the final lineups for the mile and 3000.

                                Personally, I find it a bit surprising if German does pass on the NCAA indoor meet. So many things can happen in life, he may never have a better opportunity.
                                I believe he *will* never have another WJ XC opportunity. Last chance.

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