In Sandy’s Wake

Playing a game of catch-up here.

One story that will be playing out in the next few days will be the location of the NCAA Division I Northeast Regional on Nov. 9. After seeing the devastation of Van Cortlandt Park in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, I called the office at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Conn., to inquire about the cross country course where the Regional is scheduled to take place. “It’s been underwater,” I was told. “And there is so much debris in the park, it will take us a while to sort it all out.” Doesn’t sound promising. Potential alternative plans have not been released.

So, sounding more promising was the proclamation that the ING New York City Marathon is on. Sure, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement will draw criticism, but the reality is that it will be good for the City — all five boroughs. The City went through a frightening experience and it is always good to gather and rejoice. That’s what the Marathon will provide. My bet is that there will be fewer runners than usual, but a hell of a lot more fans to cheer them on… and celebrate the uniqueness of New York City. We wish them, and all the competitors, well.

Speaking of competitors, here’s a Wall Street Journal feature on one entrant, who is running for the first time. She is a 50+ New York City lawyer named Adrienne Lotson. Little did I know, she is a Dartmouth graduate who used to work for the NCAA. “I clearly remember saying that I would never run a marathon,” she said. “I thought marathon runners were certifiably insane.” Now she is one of them.

And finally, the U.S. Track Coaches poll is out and Princeton has jumped to No. 13 for the men while Columbia has fallen to No. 22. And someone threw Dartmouth a vote. On the women’s side, Cornell is at No. 8 (after being tied for No. 7 heading into Heps.) Yale tumbles completely out of the rankings after its fifth-place performance at Heps, while Princeton is suddenly on the cusp of being ranked again. Cross country rankings are very unforgiving.

All for now.

One Response to “In Sandy’s Wake”

  1. pharkins says:

    Coach Shoehalter, Coach Harkins and Coach Sagnelli (Fairfield) toured the course yesterday morning. There is some standing water and a few trees down in the park, but not on the course. Hammonassett will be operational by early next week and the course is unaffected by the storm.