The Cyclones flew to Kansas City, MO this past weekend to compete in the annual Cottey College Invitational hosted in Nevada, MO. The humidity and heat continued to climb throughout Saturday morning; adding another thing to think about for the runners.
The team committed to the race plan in practice by working on their first 1K split average and working to progress through the kilometers to store energy for a strong finish. Head coach Ivory Veale commented, "Karena Huang, Joanna Flamenco, Riya Rampalli, and Tsion McYates had a good showing in their first race of the season. They are excited to begin the next sequence of training for week three at the TMU Invitational."
Veale has made a point to focus heavily on the first kilometer and the last to develop a confident race strategy that will support the team's ability to improve throughout the season.
"Next steps will be to improve pacing and manage the aerobic stress stages of the middle 3k. Also we need to maintain stable running biomechanics and good posture on their finishing speed in the last 500 meters of the 5K," said Veale.
The Cyclones will have two weeks before their next competition in Santa Clarita, CA at The Masters University Invitational where they will race against a variety of universities from all three NCAA divisions.