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Thomas Oliver takes big strides

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Thomas Oliver

Freshman Thomas Oliver joined the Cross-Country Team and the Track Team this year.

Oliver is from Lincoln, Nebraska, and he attended Lincoln East High School before coming to Doane. He has been participating in track since his freshman year of high school and cross country since his sophomore year.

Oliver said he competed against one of his Doane teammates in high school, and he said it’s “cool that [we] both decided to go [to Doane].”

At the Oct. 24 meet in Yankton, South Dakota, Oliver earned third place. Oliver said he is looking forward to the cross country conference meet on Nov. 7, also in Yankton.

“It’s fun. I like all the guys on the team. Luckily, we’ve been able to get some meets in. I was worried they were going to cancel the season if cases went up,” Oliver said. 

In terms of personal records, Oliver said he has cut his 8K time down by an entire minute since coming to Doane. 

The Men’s Cross-Country Team is currently ranked tenth in the GPAC Conference, a placement that Oliver said may qualify the Team for Nationals. Nationals are usually held in November, but the event has been postponed until April because of COVID-19. 

Oliver said it will be a challenge if the team competes in Nationals, as it will take place in the middle of track season.

“The good news is that everyone is like that. So everyone will kind of be in the same boat… I’m going to be doing the 10K in Track this year, so I think the training will be similar,” Oliver said.

With the Conference meet coming up, Oliver said he is excited and thinks the team will do well. 

“I’m just really excited for the end of this season, then Track and then being able to run for three more years,” Oliver said. 

Both the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams will compete in the GPAC Conference on Nov. 7 at 11:30 a.m. in Yankton, South Dakota.