As you can tell, I don't write too much about running. Track and cross country are boring to me. If you're an honest person, you probably agree. Anyhow, I will give the team some props for leading the conference with five all-academic teamers.
Morgan Sulzener, Adriana Zalucka, Gina DiAntonio, David Pykare and Jeff Swartzel each got the honor for good grades. To perform well in the classroom while missing class for meets, spending a lot of time in practice and being mentally spent is impressive.
The Zips lost their opener to Dayton Friday, 61-54. The game was even closer than that. The Zips made it a one-possession game with less than two minutes to go in the second half. But the turnover saga continued from last year. The Zips had 24 turnovers, 17 of which came in the first half. Yuck. That means Akron only had two more points (19) than screw-ups in the first half.
However, if they can make it a good game on the road against an established Division I school, they must have improved something. I heard part of the first half on the radio while driving home and couldn't decipher anything. Looking at the box score, I also found nothing to suggest this game would be close at all. Akron was outrebounded, outassisted, outshot and outdefended.
If anyone attended the game, I'd love to know how this wasn't a blowout.