We need to hang around the campfire more often ...
Shortly after the USA Cross Country Championships we heard "around the campfire" that Katie McGregor, despite finishing outside the top-6 there, would still make the USA women's team for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Mombasa, Kenya. Sure enough, Team USA Minnesota confirmed that fact a few days later.
After another recent evening "roasting weenies and making smores" (not a big fan of the latter, myself) we heard Cack Ferrell (pictured) made the team too. Might we get her to confirm?
"You are correct," Ferrell told DtB via e-mail, "I will be making the trip to Kenya. It is too bad Kara [Goucher] isn't going or we would have THREE Minnesota girls."
World Cross will be Ferrell's first opportunity to represent the USA internationally.
"It is really beyond my wildest dreams that I placed 10th and that I am traveling to Kenya to compete at the World race," she added. "I am still shocked and excited."
Ferrell, a St. Paul Academy & Summit School and Princeton University grad, is currently training in Eugene with the Oregon Track Club along with fellow North Star Staters Sean Graham and Adam Steele.
Don't let her west coast training base (or her east coast alma mater) convince you she's no longer "one of us," however. Ferrell signed off her e-mail to us with some kind words about DtB and ...
"I am a proud Minnesotan and a proud runner of Minnesota!"
Photo courtesy of Princeton University.