Looks like Mother Nature wants to make the Cross Country Championships a bit more interesting. It rained all day yesterday in Terre Haute, Ind., and no one was allowed to run on any part of it. Today’s weather is slightly better, cloudy with a high in the upper 40s (according to NOAA.gov). The teams should have access to the course today – in fact, the photo above was taken by the person managing the Princeton TF/XC twitter account, and it is just mud out there. There has been word that the course landscapers have been trying to reduce the ponding by adding in sand.
Regardless, it is going to be cold, breezy, and kinda muddy tomorrow for the race. Sunny, high of 34, winds to north-northwest at 6 to 11 mph increasing to 13 to 18 mph in the morning, with gusts as high as 25 mph. In fact, Penn’s male qualifier Thomas Awad tweeted this insider info about the championship course: “The course is wet. Going to run on a hidden track #hautesecrets #NCAAXC”
UPDATE FROM COLUMBIA TF/XC TWITTER: Looks like people need to bring their waders and fishing poles… I think I see some trout.