If you think your midterms are nerve-racking, try being a varsity runner on Cut Day. Yes, it's that time again — only 10 athletes will remain on the official roster after this Saturday's Georgia State Championships.
"There will be substantial competition this weekend," Head Coach John Curtin said. "Work ethic and improvement will be important factors in my final decision."
After grueling summer training and early season races, Saturday will be the last chance for the runners to prove their worth . Both Curtin and Raby face tough decisions, as they continue to shape national teams.
"The cut will be tough," Raby said. "On paper it looks like we have a well-defined 10, but Gus Davis is making a strong comeback from the injured list and Phil [Oskoui] is also improving. It's going to be a tough decision."
1, 2, 3, floor
While some Emory students reward themselves with shots of Captain Morgan after a hard day, the women's cross country team unwinds by shooting down carrot juice. As hard as it may be to believe, this refreshing post-run treat has better health benefits than alcohol. On Tuesday, the women were timed on their routine five-mile morning run. Finishing before 38 minutes resulted in two shots, while a slower time awarded only one.
"It's a fun way to mix up twice-a-day practices," Curtin said.
Is there a doctor in the house?
As with any high intensity sport, injury is inevitable. Regardless of skill, at the end of the season, the healthy team is typically the winning team. This season, however, both cross country teams have been blessed with few injuries.
"We've been pretty lucky so far," Curtin said. "The only people with injuries are those who came in with injuries. If we're going to be successful, we need to keep our top seven healthy."