bleedCrimson.net: The pre-championship polls were released yesterday and your men's team was picked to finish fifth and your women's team was picked to finish second. Will that provide a little extra motivation for both of your squads on Saturday?
Paul Harkins: I would have to say so. Obviously the women won last year. Utah State did get us at the Pre-National meet but I know what we're capable of on the women's side and I would hope that everybody else does. The women's it's fair, no big deal but the men I think were grossly underrated. The meets we were going to, I don't know if the coaches realized how competitive they were versus some of the other ones and for them to pick us that low was kind of surprising. The men definitely have some extra motivation.
bc.net: How have the preparations for this weekend's championship meet been going? When we talked last week you mentioned that this was the first time all season that you were giving the teams some extra rest.
PH: This is the first meet we should go into feeling fully rested. We've been working them hard all season and the reason is for these next three weeks. The conference meet and the regional meet are what we've been shooting for all year. The key this week was to get their legs under them, not push them too hard, just keep them sharp enough so they're not feeling lethargic. I think we did a good job of that. I think both the men and women are ready to go and we'll see come Saturday. Continue Reading This Post >>