On The Run With Dave Sigmon
Oct. 12, 2008
ORLANDO, FL - The Johns Hopkins men's cross country team finished fifth in Saturday's Disney Classic and spent the afternoon touring the Disney parks to celebrate its accomplishments.
Junior David Sigmon (Big Harbor, WA/Peninsula) competed in his second Disney Classic yesterday, helping the Blue Jays to a victory over several Division I teams. Sigmon took time to check in with HopkinsSports.com to give fans the inside scoop on the team's trip.
I am coming to you from a pretty sweet upscale house we are staying in, instead of a hotel here. It is a big open house where everyone has their own beds and all the rooms have TV's. But as sweet as all that stuff is, the race is obviously why we're taking the time to come down here. We scoped out the course today, still as flat and fast as it was two years ago, but it has been raining a lot today, so the course is a little washed out. The rain will only wash away more of the soft stuff and as long as the course isn't completely washed out, footing should be as stable as could be expected.
We went out for dinner at CiCis All You Can Eat Pizza Buffet and now I'm stuffed beyond belief, but that's the price you pay. Now it's time to sleep up and get after it tomorrow.
Just by checking the results, you can tell we did well. All the guys ran pretty well, in particular Steve TB (Steve Tobochnik) who had an amazing great race bouncing back from a hamstring injury and throwing down for 16th overall.
Even though we performed really well, placing fifth overall and being the top Division III school as well as beating out a few Division I schools, there's a little disappointment. Last time we were here in 2006, conditions were perfect, except for a bit of sand they put on the course, and people ran season-bests by minute margins. This year the course was pretty well soaked as I mentioned earlier and so times weren't quite as break out as people would've liked. The race itself was pretty physical, a lot of guys had to sharpen their elbows at the beginning and fight their way to comfortable positioning. It was pretty hot and humid, but that's just part of the deal with running down here. Everyone has to run through the same conditions so it wasn't too terrible.
Aside from that, a bunch of us went to Disney World after (including yours truly) and almost everyone else went to the water park. The parade and fireworks to end the day were epic, as usual, and finishing up on Space Mountain was an excellent night cap. On a semi-unrelated note, the guys who didn't come down to Disney ran at Franklin & Marshall and absolutely took care of business, special shout out to Andrew Yen, Mike Yuan and Mark Lo Galbo who ran great times. Hopefully this weekend is the first step in a trip past the Mideast Regionals.
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