Ryan Vanhoy Press Conference Transcript
Ryan Vanhoy (photo by Joshua McCoy)
Oct. 5, 2015

Cross country coach Ryan Vanhoy spoke with reporters Monday about the 2015 cross country season and last weekend's performance at the Greater Louisville Classic. Following the strong showing in Louisville, the Ole Miss men remained No. 1 in the USTFCCCA South region rankings, while the women moved up two spots to No. 6.

"We came off of the Greater Louisville Classic this weekend and it was pretty successful for both teams, men and women. On the men’s side, I believe there were five nationally ranked teams. In cross country, 31 teams qualify for NCAAs. So, they rank 30 throughout the year. We went into the meet as the fourth-highest ranked team and we finished fourth. We were technically tied for third, but there was a tie breaker.

"Overall on the men’s side, I thought our guys competed well. We had a bit of a conservative race plan just because it was the first meet this year where our entire squad ran. Our top guys ran. We just wanted them to start off with a more conservative strategy and really tried to run hard the last half of the race. They did exactly that. One of our top guys struggled a little bit. He has been sick, so he was not in his usual position. This affected our team a little bit, but I think we will be fine. Our other guys stepped up big time. In particular, Ryan Manahan and Craig Engels did a great job. They saw one of our guys having a tough day and they did a great job of taking it over for him. Compared to last year when we competed in the same meet, all of our guys did better this year. That is what you look for early season and I think they passed the eye test as far as that.

"On the women’s side, they finished sixth. I believe last year we finished around 15th, so that is definitely a big improvement. Of the five teams that finished ahead of us, four were nationally ranked. We also beat one ranked team who finished seventh. The women ran really well. They averaged about 45 seconds faster as a team on the same course than they did last year. This is definitely a good indication as we head toward SECs which is October 30th. "Our next competition will be next weekend and the men and women will split up. The men will head to Wisconsin. It is the biggest regular season meet. Around 25 of the 30 ranked teams will be in the meet. The women travel to the Alabama Crimson Classic. Alabama is a very good team in the SEC so it will give our women a chance to compete against one of the other top teams. A bunch of good teams will be in for that meet as well."

 

 

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