Wissel to Compete at Nationals
Nov. 18, 2007
LAWRENCE, Kan. -
Senior Colby Wissel will represent the University of Kansas at the NCAA Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind. on Monday Nov. 19. There he will have a chance to do something only four Jayhawks have done before, become a two time cross country All-American.
Wissel would join Bob Karnes (1947-48), Al Frame (1954-55), Jerry McNeal (1956-57) and Billy Mills (1958-59) as the only Jayhawks to be named All-American twice.
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"They've had Nationals there every year since I've been here," Wissel said. "It's a pretty flat course, so strategy doesn't really play a part in it. So I don't really think that even though I've run there many times, I don't have a competitive advantage over the next guy."
Last year, the competitors ran on a muddy course. As a team,
"I think if it is muddier or bad weather. I'll probably hang back in the beginning, but if it's a fast day I've got to get out quick and start mixing it up," Wissel said.
The weather should be ideal for running. The forecast calls for a high of 56 degrees and sunny.
The field is stacked with the best runners in the country. Even though there were 10 seniors that finished in front of Wissel at last year's Championships, the Elm Creek, Neb. native knows to win this meet will take his best race ever and some luck.
"I could have the race of my life and get 15th," Wissel said. "First and foremost, I want to make All-American. I think I can get close to 20th. But if I run the race of my life and get 20th or 30th, I can't get mad because I can't control what the other runners do."
For the first time ever, the NCAA is bringing the nation a live telecast of the Men and Women's Cross Country Championships on College Sports TV. The NCAA partnered with the USTFCCCA and CSTV to telecast the event from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It will also be webcast live by CSTV at www.ustfccca.org.
The men's race starts at 11:05 p.m. and the women's begins at 11:55 p.m.