Quotes from the 2013 Bill Dellinger Invitational

10/5/13

Oregon Head Coach Robert Johnson

On the men’s team goal to run as a team…

 

“They were spot on. They followed our instructions to get out early and stay as a pack, that was the plan we pitched.”

On staying together even with a leader far ahead…

 

“They stayed aware and stayed together which benefits them all in the end.”

On Edward Cheserek…

 

“He was a little banged up. There was a spill near the start and a couple of our guys, Edward and Jeramy Elkaim, went down. They showed composure in coming back. He will be really good.”

On the women’s team…

 

“They did really well. Washington is really good. We will add a couple pieces to the puzzle in the next week for pre-nationals. It was a good hard effort considering they went back-to-back weekends racing. We wanted to simulate championship season.”

MEN 1st place - Aaron Nelson, Junior, University of Washington

On his favorite track races…

 

“I like the steeplechase. Doing well in that event really fueled my summer. I also want to run some 5Ks and 10Ks.”

On whether this was his best race…

 

“This was one of the better ones. I had a good individual race at the Sundodger last weekend. But I executed well from the start and finished strong. I knew the field was deep so I wanted to start with a fast pace.”

On the lack of a close pack…

 

“My coach said I was running away with it and no one was really challenging me. People told me the pack was a ways pack so I knew I could win it.”

On his college experience…

 

“I have had some ups and downs. I had mono which didn’t help and now, after training and focusing down, things are paying off.”

MEN 2nd place - Edward Cheserek, Freshman, University of Oregon

On what his first race in Oregon meant…

 

“It means a lot. Competing was really fun. Being part of the Ducks family means a lot to me.”

On his plan for today’s race…

 

“I did exactly what the goal was for the race today. Running as a team and going for the win as a team was the goal for the race.”

On the team goals for the year…

 

“We focus as a team on training together. Going into the races our goal is to win every race.”

On his early impressions of Eugene and the University of Oregon…

 

“It’s really fun. Being with these people and training together is really great. I am lucky to have great teammates and great schoolmates who I can be with.”

MEN 4th place – Parker Stinson, Senior, University of Oregon

On goals for the race…

 

“We wanted to run as a team. Obviously we do it in workouts and it was the reason we went to camp. Getting that camaraderie and making sure everyone is on the same page is really important. We need to understand that working as a team is what we do in workouts and races.”

On his own performance…

“I am getting better each week. I am healthy. Sometimes you get a little bummed, like after Boston, but things are going well. I am in the best cross shape I have ever been in. I am happy with today but can do better. I want to improve each week.”

WOMEN 1st place – Alexa Efraimson, Unattached

On whether she surprised herself with her own performance…

 

“A little bit, especially going to a college race so many things can happen. I previously knew some of these girls and I love them to death. I just wanted to have a good race and start the season strong.”

On how much she can improve…

 

“Every race is a stepping stone and I like to work off of each race. Each race is a new step.”

On why she chose to run this race in the middle of her high school season…

 

“Last track season I was able to do a season opener at Hayward so I feel that it is really good competition and a great overall experience.”

WOMEN 2nd place – Emma Bates, Redshirt Junior, Boise State University

On Alexa Efraimson…

“The little high schooler snuck up on me. She was breathing well. People were yelling for me to pump my arms but I had nothing left.”

On her ambitions…

“I want to win nationals. It is a pretty lofty goal because I have never made it to nationals but I think it is everyone’s goal. If I got top 20 I would be ecstatic.”

On changes she needs to make…

“I need to use my arms. I don’t have the speed yet; we have been doing a lot of threshold training. I am still preparing for the 6k.”

WOMEN 14th place – Molly Grabill, Redshirt Sophomore, University of Oregon

On how she felt during the race…

 

“It was alright. We came off racing in Boston last weekend so we were a little bit tired racing 7 days after a race. We were able to see what we need to work on further down the season.”

On her overall thoughts of the team’s performance…

 

“I think we did well. We need to try out a few things like pack running and working together as a team and we are in a good place to try those things out.”

WOMEN 6th Place – Megan Patrignelli, Redshirt Junior, University of Oregon

On how she felt today…

 

“I felt not as good as I felt last week but I thought it was a solid day. We did a good job staying together in the beginning of the race. We can still do a lot better though.”

On where she thinks the team’s overall ability is right now…

 

“We are good. We are getting better everyday. That’s our goal for the season is to get a little better each day. I think we are doing that. We are all healthy and have a lot of potential and you’ll see us getting better each day.”

On if she is happy with the team’s performance today…

 

“We were coming off Boston last week so I think everyone was a little tired, not that it’s an excuse for anything, but I think we could have done a little better. Overall, I think everyone gave their best effort and that’s really all we could ask.”