Cross Country Diaries Logo 200px The UC Davis women's cross country team is up and running in 2016 -- toeing the line in search of the program's second Big West Conference title in the last three years this season. Follow the women all season long on their quest for a Big West crown and a berth to nationals.
BLOG ENTRY #2: Senior Olivia Goins, Sept. 30, 2016
Olivia Goins
As my senior year at UC Davis begins, I am grateful for all the opportunities that have led me to where I am today. As a freshman in high school, I made the crazy decision to try out for the cross-country team; little did I know what I was getting myself into. Countless miles, hours, and shoes later, I knew I wanted to continue pursuing my passion by competing at the collegiate level. During my recruiting visit to UC Davis, I completely fell in love with the team and the campus. As the years have progressed, and teammates have graduated, we have assimilated many new faces into our program. Each individual brings a unique talent and personality to collectively complete this year's team.

Over the past six weeks we have built a base that has led to strong team chemistry and a bond that has helped us tackle challenges together. Now that the academic year has commenced, this bond will prove to be crucial, as the team supports itself through the additional stresses that school produces. Yet as student-athletes, we must also prepare ourselves both physically and mentally to compete.

This weekend, the UC Davis women's cross country team will travel across the Causeway to the Haggin Oaks Golf Course for the Capital Cross Challenge. It's our chance to preview the NCAA West Regional course before we toe the line in November. After strong performances at Aggie Open and the Bill Dellinger Invitational, the team is excited to show even more improvement against local and regional competition. A core of seniors and several underclassmen will lead the pack in Sacramento for the Aggies. As a whole, we are ready to put ourselves in the mix with top ranked schools. Our workouts indicate that our strength as a group is a force to be reckoned with. I am proud of these women for all they have sacrificed and I am eager to see how everything pays off.
BLOG ENTRY #1: Senior Nicole Lane, Sept. 15, 2016
Nicole Lane
On Friday, September 16th our true fitness and collective strength will be put to the test as we toe the starting line at Springfield's Golf Course, some 465 miles away from our home base in Davis. The gain of nine talented and eager freshmen has already begun leaving a mark on this program by their strong performances at Aggie Open.

In the weeks leading up to the start of fall competition, we have logged endless miles, and the freshmen have been rapidly integrated into the mix with the help of a four day training camp at Point Reyes. Team activities such as the human knot allowed us to put our communication and trust skills to the test while challenging long runs through the forested dirt path of Sky Trail provided opportunities to bond and build a strong cohesive unit.   This solid foundation will be a key to success for the rest of the season.

I have witnessed what it takes to bring home a conference title and also what it's like to just fall short. My freshman year a teammate shared an excerpt from a speech called "Inches" by Al Pacino with us. It inspires me to this day and clearly defines what it will take to accomplish our team goals:

 "...Fight for that inch... we tear ourselves, and everyone around us, to pieces for that inch because when we add up all those inches that's going to be the difference between winning and losing."

Each individual on this team contributes to each and every inch towards accomplishing our team goals. Their motivation, drive and determination is contagious and I am excited for what lies ahead! Friday is the first opportunity to improve our West Regional ranking and in proving that we truly belong to be up there with the big schools. When we step up to the starting line I know that we will be able to use our collective enthusiasm and energy along with the smiles that result from Sarah and Haley's jokes to help push one another to the finish line. We have all the tools we need, now we just need to enjoy the process and let our feet do the talking.
Go Ags!