Cross country: a season preview

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Colleen Slattery, Sports Editor

Matt Buchhorn: a fearless leader. –Photo courtesy of UD Athletics
Matt Buchhorn: a fearless leader.
–Photo courtesy of UD Athletics

I recently caught up with head cross- country and track-and-field coach Matt Buchhorn for an insider’s preview of the upcoming cross- country season. He was chipper as usual, just having completed a light 11-mile run with the team.

Q: What are some of your goals for this upcoming season?

A: I would like to place into the top three teams for conference this year, on both the girls’ and the boys’ side. The teams this year already have a lot more depth than previously, especially on the women’s side. A majority of the women have been running together for at least a year, and that adds a lot of stability.

Q: How do you plan to achieve those goals?

A: This year I’m working on trying to have the teams run as a group. Individually, we’re not especially strong, but if and when we work together and run as a pack, we are much stronger.

Q: What are your thoughts on the teams’ performances so far?

A: I was happy with the first meet. Our average time was faster than it was last year, so that is a good sign. It is very promising. In comparison to some of the teams we will be competing against at Nationals in November, we look very strong.

Q: What is your philosophy on running?

A: I want it to be fun. If it is not enjoyable, that’s not right. It should be fun and competitive. UD is a Division III school, so if you’re out there, running and enjoying yourself, my job has been done right.

Q: Why do you run?

A: In the end, I really just do it for enjoyment. It’s just plain good for you. It’s one of the only sports in which you get out of it exactly what you put into it. Running is the sport that anyone can do. And it’s fun!

Buchhorn is in his third year of coaching at the University of Dallas. In addition to being an exceptional coach, he is an avid and successful runner who narrowly missed qualifying for the marathon in the American Olympic trials this past year.

 

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