Tuesday, June 7, 2011

2011 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships (Travel Day)

The Richmond Spiders arrived in Des Moines, Iowa today
for the NCAA DI National Championships hosted by Drake University.
It was a hot day with 100 degree air temperatures and
the track temperature reaching nearly 110 degrees.
(L-R) The Spiders outside Drake University Stadium:
Nicol Traynor (3K Steeplechase-10:10.20),
Amy Van Alstine (5K-16:09.22),
Heather Roush (Javelin- 48.08M),
Matt Llano (10K-28:43.30),
Andrew Benford (3K Steeplechase-8:39.71)
Andrew Benford and Amy VanAlstine stretch before
their workouts.
Matt Llano and Nicol Traynor also stretch before their run.
Heather Roush gets in a few throws after the airline flights from
Roush and Coach Lawson talk about the workout.
Roush takes a few approaches...
Heather Roush holds the Spiders record in the javelin (48.08M).
Heather Roush and Coach Lawson on the hill next to the javelin runway.
One word describes the only restroom open at the
track & field facility on Monday:
Coach Lawson
Coach Lawson and Heather Roush.
Matt Llano finishes his last hard workout before the
10K national championship race.
Llano on the Drake University facility.
Llano earned All-America honors in the 10K last year
by finishing 9th in the NCAA final.
Andrew Benford competes Wednesday
in the 3K Steeplechase semi-final.
Nicol Traynor and Amy VanAlstine after their run. 
The air temperature was 100 degrees making
the track temperature nearly 110 degrees
Andrew Benford doing hurdle drills for the 3K Steeple.
Nicol Traynor doing steeple drills.
A few hurdles for Benford...
(L-R) The Spiders:
Andrew Benford (3K SC),
Nicol Traynor (3K SC),
Heather Roush (Javelin),
Amy VanAlstine (5K),
Matt Llano (10K)
After the workout we headed to PF Changs for dinner.
UCS supplies the equipment for the NCAA Championships.

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