Poor weather inhibits runner’s return

By Nina Scimenes
September 18, 2003

Diana Frosch

Unbearable weather conditions on Saturday, Sept. 13, were not in runner Marcel Basset’s favor. The meet began at 11:00 a.m., with humidity in the air and rain puddles dominating the trail. Basset was uncomfortable while running because his uniform was soaked from the rain.

Due to an injury, Saturday’s meet was Basset’s first of the cross country season. A sprained ankle restricted Basset for a few weeks and did not permit him to compete in the meets with the rest of the team.

Basset admitted to have never run more than one mile at a time before arriving at Cabirni. Now, for the cross country team, he is averaging about a 30 minute paced eight kilometer course. An 8K run is approximately five miles and is the standard event of all cross country meets. Saturday’s meet was his first of this fall’s season. He came to the finish line in about 35 minutes.

When asked about this season, Basset said, “the coach did a great job of recruiting this year’s freshmen, and I am astonished by how well the team is performing.”

Basset began running track his junior year in high school. He attended Engineering and Science high school in Philadelphia. In high school, Basset was very active in sports. Football, track, and basketball were all a part of his high school career.

Currently, Basset is enrolled as a junior political science major and is a teammate of several Cabrini athletic teams. After cross country comes to an end, it is only the beginning of Basset’s winter basketball season with the Cavaliers.

“I try to enjoy my college experience while I can,” Basset said.

Basset strives for the best in everything he does, and considers himself very competitive.

“I hate losing, that’s the worst thing,” Basset said.

Posted on the Web by Rob Cain

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