Wisconsin Mid-Season Rainy 2ks
At the time, the #1 ranked Wisconsin Badgers run a mid-season workout just days before the Wisconsin Invite in the wind and rain. Due to the conditions the workout was changed from grass to the track. The workout features the Wisco team included Olympic Mo Ahmed and Reed Connor who ran unattached on their Invite. With these two, the Badgers could be worthy of the past #1 ranking. Time will tell... Watch FULL ACCESS of workout on Flotrack Pro Workout: 2-3 Sets 2k (400m Rest) 4x400 (100m Rest in Between) Pre Wisconsin adidas Invitational
ALL ACCESS: Wisconsin XC Rainy Mid-Season 2k Workout
Coach Mick Byrne gives us inside access at practice with one of the strong cross country teams in NCAA history. At the time, the #1 ranked Wisconsin Badgers run a mid-season workout just days before the Wisconsin Invite in the wind and rain. Due to the conditions the workout was changed from grass to the track. The workout features the Wisco team included Olympic Mo Ahmed and Reed Connor who ran unattached on their Invite. With these two, the Badgers could be worthy of the past #1 ranking. Time will tell... Wisconsin Badgers 2011 NCAA XC Champions Workout: 2-3 Sets 2k (400m Rest) 4x400 (100m Rest in Between) Pre Wisconsin adidas Invitational
Do Defending NCAA Champs Train High Mileage?
Mick Byrne describes how he trains the defending NCAA champions, Wisconsin Badgers. He describes the things that are important for individual runners when they train, and he gives insight on his personal training philosophy as a coach.
Mick Byrne on Foreigners
The NCAA is comprised of student-athletes from all over the world. During his tenure at Iona, some of Mick Byrne's top athletes were foreigners. Now that he's at Wisconsin, there's a different sell. In terms of foreigners attending American universities, Mick explains why kids first came over and the implications. Whether it's Oklahoma State or Alabama, you're still competing against the uniform.
Mo Ahmed Gets Personal with the Team, Coaching, and Goals
Mo Ahmed has returned from the 2012 Olympic Games, but is he ready to roll? He's an integral piece of the Wisconsin puzzle that they'll need to solve before championship season begins. Mo really wants to experience the magic from 2011 one more time, but it'll be tough. The Badgers just got their Team Title Rings and still want more.
Maverick Darling reflects on NCAAs and sets high expections in 2012
Maverick Darling was 13th at nationals in 2010, 45th in 2011, and wants a top five finish in 2012. When his race didn't go as planned last year, he almost dropped out of NCAA XC Nationals. But he toughed it out, finished, and took home a team title. The Badgers 2012 are a different squad with a different story. As a team leader, Darling has high goals for Wisconsin and believes they'll be ready to go when they're ready.
Reed Connor National Championship thoughts and not sure about redshirting
Reed Connor was a major part of last year's national championship team but this year he's not sure if he'll be contributing to a potential repeat. Reed ran this past weekend at the Wisconsin Invite and finished a strong 18th overall, but he ran unattached. Reed is unsure at this point whether he'll be redshirting or not so we will have to wait and see. Reed also talks about motivations and pressure of the team as they look to move forward through the season.
Mick Byrne's Philosophy That He Preaches to His Guys
Wisconsin Mick Byrne talks about the message he gives to the guys which sums up to be enjoying the pursuit of the goal and living the life style.
How did Mick Byrne get to Wisconsin?
Coach Mick Byrne has had a long and storied career. He started running at Providence College, coached and taught at Iona College for 24 years, and then made the move to Madison in 2008. The jump from the MAAC to the Big 10 may have surprised Byrne, but he's carried the torch for the Badgers. How crazy is the Big 10? "Nuts."
Mo Ahmed's Olympic Journey
Forget Lawi and Kithuka, this past summer Mo was slugging it out in the 10k at the Olympics. The Badger senior talks race tactics and emotional highs after a hard session in the rain.
The Badger Expectation and National Title Implications
The glory that comes from being a National Champion quickly changes to heavier outside expectations. This weekend the Badgers will be all in at Big 10 with the debut of Olympian Mo Ahmed. Are the Badgers still a contender or even a favorite this season? First things first, a 14 straight Big 10 title is on the line this weekend.