Teams: Men's Cross Country: Press
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
FALLER AIMS FOR THIRD ALL-AMERICAN
RUN AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP RACE
|Senior Jesse Faller will be running for his
third All-America finish in Cleveland on Saturday
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Experience is a key factor at the NCAA Cross Country Championship
Race, and Tufts University senior Jesse Faller (Burlington, MA)
has plenty of it.
Faller will represent the Tufts University men's cross country team
at the 2009 NCAA Division III Championship Race on Saturday (Nov.
21) at the Highland Park Golf Course in Cleveland, Ohio. The race
will mark the third consecutive year that he has run at Nationals.
He finished 18th at the NCAA race in 2007 when Tufts qualified as a
team. Last year, he raced individually and placed 35th. Both were
"Nationals is the kind of race where experience is extremely
valuable," Faller said. "Because there's such high expectations on
everyone to do well individually and as teams, it's a huge mental
game. Some people thrive on it, others fold under the pressure. It
is without a doubt the most competitive, stressful race of the
season. It is key to just focus on the top 40 and not worry about
the masses of people scrambling behind you. I know that I learned a
great deal from my last two NCAA's, and I hope that my experience
will help this weekend, both in terms of confidence and strategy."
Faller finished fourth with a time of 25:26.8 at the NCAA New
England Region Qualifier this past Saturday (Nov. 14) at Twin Brook
Recreation Center in Cumberland, Maine. He was just 10 seconds
behind 2009 regional champion Edgar Kosgey from Williams College,
who won with a 25:16.2 time.
A six-time All-American in cross country and track &
field combined, Faller isn't planning on changing his typical
approach to racing at the NCAA's this weekend.
"My strategy is pretty much the same for just about every meet I
run, from small invites to Nationals, and that is to get out well,
sit right off the leaders, and put myself in a good position to
finish high," he said. "I plan on putting myself in the top 20 or 30
early on and hopefully remaining there for the whole race. The race
usually has a relentless pace to it, so once people start dropping
off in the third and fourth miles, it will be key to have no gaps
and stick right with the leaders."
Faller grabbed the last All-American position in last year's NCAA
race, placing 35th with a 24:59.89 time over eight kilometers at
Hanover College in Indiana. As a sophomore in 2007 at Saint Olaf
College in Minnesota, Faller was first for the Jumbos and 18th
individually with a 25:03 time. The 18th place at Nationals is the
best finish by a Tufts runner since Nate Brigham was 11th on the
same course at the 2002 NCAA Championships.