April 19, 2012
EAST LANSING, MICH. - MSUSpartans.com spoke to director Walt Drenth regarding men's distance, team peformance, and training.
On overall team performance last weekend at the Jesse Owens classic and the Don Kleinow Memorial Invitational:
"Competitively, we were probably better than we've been all year . I would hope (that both of the meets) were a step in the right direction."
The emergence of the men's distance program in 2012:
"The consistency has been the biggest key. They've had some injuries and a little bad luck. I felt like them being just able to string some good training together has been a conduit for us to make that progress. David (Madrigal) was really ready to run well indoors and he got food poisioning the week of the Big Ten conference meet. There have been a lot of odd things that have happened that have not allowed us to get consistently get better or get into race and be ready to roll. But I have to say that David and Alex (Wilson) and Josh (McAlary) - they've looked consistently better and better (as the season has progressed)."
On this past of week of training and whether it was more intense than usual:
"This has been a good week of training for us (mid-distance and distance) and our volume is back to normal. We had a decent session on the track this week but we are not going to compete this weekend. We're not going to compete every weekend. We've factored in some competitions in lieu of hard training but this week we are not competing. Sometimes the travel wears you out more than anything and we tend to error of on the side of caution."
On Joe Banyai winning the 800 meters last weekend at the Don Kleinow Memorial Invitational after being injured for most of the winter:
"It's more of an indication of his talent than anything. He's done a pretty good job of doing the cross training and getting in the pool - and now that we've got an Alter G (treadmill) we have had him train on that. I believe that has helped him. But Joe is talented, and if we can ever get him healthy and consistent, he can be a 1:48 (800 meter) guy. Honestly, I think his true event is the 1500 (meters), it's just a matter if we can get him to train enough to see that."
On the recent unattached performances of freshmen runners Caleb Rhynard and Lindsay Clark at the Jesse Owens classic:
"They've done a lot of good things this year and I was really pleased with their effort to get down there. They have had to take care of entry fees, transportation and housing, etc. All I did is say "Hey, this meet is an option", and they do the rest. I think they were ready for a meet like that and their initiative goes a long ways in terms of my perspective of where they are and how important this is."