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U   O F   M    2 0 0 1  :  R O C K  B O T T O M
   U of M is arguably the largest meet that Southwest runs, this year it had over 47 teams and there were hundreds upon hundreds of runners in the boys varsity race. After a season full of poor race performances by Southwest, the team has hit rock bottom, finishing an extremely disappointing 35th place, behind City and Region rivals Edison and South. The fact that two of the top four runners, Forrest Tahdooahnippah and Erik DeLapp, didn't run added to Southwest's performance. Predicted as the fifth Southwest runner at Regions, Sophomore standout Erik Maloney was just coming off an injury and ran the race as a workout, sticking with Southwest's 9th runner until the 2 K mark, and then if he felt good he was allowed to go hard for the remaining 3k. Also, another key Sophomore, Pablo Huinansaca was coming off a hip injury and ran the race as a workout.
   In the race itself, Neil Grosscup suffered asthma problems starting at the mile and increasing over the race, causing him to finish a disappointing 23rd place. Dan Dickinson also had a bad race, running just ten seconds faster than his time last year. Brian Hawthorne was also not happy about his race, as he went out on pace but faltered in the last kilometer. Austin Groth had a good race and ran a personal best by twenty seconds. Rounding out the top seven was John Thompson, who had stomach problems and was very upset with his extremely disappointing performance.
   Below are times for the top 7 finishers for Southwest.
Neil Grosscup - 16:40
Dan Dickinson - 17:54
Erik Maloney - 18:56
Pablo Huinansaca - 19:25
Brian Hawthorne - 19:37
Austin Groth - 19:41
John Thompson - 20:18
   Erik DeLapp has begun running workouts again and is making strides to improve his conditioning at as fast a rate as possible, while Forrest continues fartlek cross training and may be seen later in the season. Coming up next is Blaine, followed closley by the Swain race in Duluth. 

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