I had a delightful experience last weekend while accompanying my son's
high school cross country team to the Gator Invitational at the University
of Florida. The college competition preceeded the high school event, and
I was pleased to see seven distinctive oraange and black duffel bags adjacent
to our team's encampment.
After the Princeton harriers returned from their warm-up run, I spoke
to Jonathan Kieliszak, a junior engineering major, about his team's prospects.
He replied that the team was doing pretty well thus far. Shortly thereafter
the race began. I cheered very loudly, hoping to compensate for the fact
that I was the only Tiger fan in Gainesville that day. Princeton dominated
from the start, with all seven runners in a tight pack near the front
of the line of 196 runners and 28 teams.
By the end of the 8k run it was clear that Princeton had run away with
the meet title, placing five runners in the top eight and seven in the
top 12, for a score of 28. I congratulated the runners, then they packed
up and left, without fanfare, for the long trip back to New Jersey.