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Taylor's Take: Our Season, My Story
Courtesy:Richmond Athletics
Release:10/06/2011
Freshman Taylor Clevinger chronicles her season.
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
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Oct. 6, 2011

Editor's Note: Cross country freshman and Richmond native Taylor Clevinger will share her thoughts and experiences in an ongoing blog that offers readers an inside look into life as a Spider on the course, in the classroom and around campus. Below is her fifth entry of the season.

Hi again! I hope everyone is enjoying the nice fall weather this week. Unfortunately, if this nice weather would have come just 24 hours before our race in Lehigh, Pa., at the Paul Short Invitational, the conditions would have been a lot better for racing.

We do not try to make excuses, but it was very hot and muddy for our race, and it affected many of the runners in the field, including several of our own. As a result, we did not have the best race as a team. However, as Coach Lori [Taylor] said, "We are not defeated."

We all gave it everything we had, and sometimes you don't get the result you anticipated. But we will put it behind us and learn from it. On the other hand, it was nice to see several Spider parents at Lehigh who came out to support us and cheer us on.

The race was also a great learning experience for us freshmen because this was our first huge college race with more than 450 participants. We learned a lot from this meet, and we will put it to good use as we go through the rest of the season. We come to practice every morning with our heads up and ready to work hard. With this hard work and determination, we will be ready to hammer it out at the UVa. meet in a couple weeks!

As for classes, we have midterms this week. Fortunately, I only have one, which is in my first year seminar class called "Food for Thought". I feel very lucky because most my friends and teammates have a lot of midterms. I've had several tests and papers due the past couple of weeks, but this week has been more relaxed for me. It came at a good time because I have unfortunately been sick, but I'm getting a lot better!

We have fall break this weekend, and it's exciting to get a break from the schoolwork and to be able to enjoy time with friends and family. We always seem to have a good time as a team, too, whether it is playing fun games like "connection" on the bus or having scavenger hunts (which is happening soon, and I can't wait!).

I look forward to the coming weeks as a Spider, and I can't wait to get back to business on October 14 at UVa.'s Panorama Farms. GO SPIDERS!!

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