Oct. 25, 2007
A native of Vacaville, Calif., Dons' senior Cheyne Inman is back on the cross country course and determined. Even though "we kind of got a slow start because some athletes were injured," Inman said, "the team is getting healthier and stronger."
Coming back for his final year, Inman is ready for another great season with several goals in mind: "I was sixth in the conference my freshman year so I hope this is the year I take first. I really want to win it." But that is not his only hope. After three consecutive All-WCC First Team honors, Inman is looking for more: "My main goal is get another All-Conference honor," Inman said with a little smile on his face.
The achievement of his goal is not necessarily predictable. Having worked through injury, he path to those honors was pretty unexpected: "I was actually surprised with my own achievement because I was injured during the season" Inman said. With a sprained ankle in the middle of the season, Inman didn't take the easy road toward success. "I was up and down during last season so I had to take time off," Inman remembered.
But as those hard times are behind him, in order to reach those goals, Inman has since been training hard, with more and more running over the summer. And now that he is back at USF he is not ready to let it go: "You have to be dedicated; the more you run, the better you are. I run twice a day and work out," Inman said. Furthermore, since this is his last year, Cheyne is even more motivated: "I really want to do well, it's my last year."
Even though the running season is long, with cross country in the fall and track and field in the spring, Inman is focused and knows what he has to do. With their best finish ever last year, second at the Conference, the team expects to finish at least the same rank: "I see us, as a team, at the top two again, "Inman said. "We are getting better every race so we are building the momentum."
As the season goes on, the team is getting sharper and even if competing during both seasons seems pretty hard, it doesn't seem to be a problem for Inman. "You can't really stop running anyway," Inman said. "Otherwise you'll lose all your work, so competing helps you stay sharp."
When asked whether he is the same on and off the field, his response comes with a little laugh, one that already tells a little bit about him: "When it comes to training, I'm a lot more serious." But don't be fooled by this because as he knows what he wants, he will do everything to get it. So all that can be hoped for is that his seriousness will enable him to reach his goals.
USF's cross country teams compete at the West Coast Conference Championships this Saturday at Crystal Springs - Belmont, Calif. Racing begins at 9 a.m. PT.