Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Boys Cross country Quick recovery for Washington's Petersen

Boys Cross country
Quick recovery for Washington's Petersen
Washington's Nolan Petersen proved that it takes a lot to keep him from running.

Petersen had an emergency appendectomy on Sept. 28. But unbeknownst to Washington coach Dave Iremonger and his staff, Petersen was running again four days later.

"It was pretty amazing," Iremonger said. "His only restriction (from his doctor) was if he felt pain."

Petersen told Washington's coaches that he was pain-free on Oct. 4. He then won a Mission Valley Athletic League dual-meet race against American on Oct. 6.

On Saturday, Petersen finished third in the Mariner Invitational boys large school race with a time of 17 minutes, 18.2 seconds for the 3.1-mile Garin Park-Hayward course.

"He's still feeling like he's coming back strength-wise. He ran strong," Iremonger said.

Coincidentally, teammate Jesse Chestnut had the same emergency surgery on Oct. 5, Iremonger said.

Chestnut, who was the Huskies' No. 2 runner before the surgery, is expected to start training again this week, Iremonger said.
-- Phil Jensen


Anonymous said...

does anyone think this team have a chance of placing in NCS? cause i dont.

Anonymous said...

These two have a very good chance of going individually, but as a team, there's no way that they're placing in the top 3.

Anonymous said...

You two make a good point. With teams such as san ramon valley, casa grande, alameda, mt. eden, and santa rosa, a strong two-man team wont be enough to place them in the top 5.

Marty said...

Whether Washington places or not, I think it will be great to watch these two guys out there competing - this is really a cool story!

Anonymous said...

Nolan is a great kid. He's had more than his share of hard luck the last year. Its great to see him running so well. I'm looking forward to watching him compete at NCS.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes a great kid like Nolan, who also has great leadership skills, can inspire and motivate his team mates. You just never know....

Anonymous said...

You'd be surprised. I don't think Washington will be able to go up there as a team, but Nolan and Jesse are probably gonna make State. THey're probably the fastest two in MVAL.

Anonymous said...

Both Nolan and his teammate Jesse Chestnut who is also a great kid and a team leader look to be ready for next weeks NCS meet. At yesterdays MVAL Championships they ran to a 1-2 finish in very windy conditions on the tough Coyote Hills Regional Park course. Jesse took first in a fine time of 17:20 and Nolan was second in 17:54.

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