Talbot just misses victory at Dartmouth Invitational
After a stellar ski season, the senior standout has carried over that success to cross-country running and he nearly won the Dartmouth Invitational in New Hampshire.
Talbot finished second out of 81 runners, just missing a victory in the 8-K race by two seconds. He finished in 24:27 and improved on his 11th-place finish a year ago.
“I’m very happy,” he told me. “This result was significantly better than last year and the fact that I am healthy and had a great summer of training is really promising for the season. I think I am leaps ahead of where I was at this point last year, so hopefully this season holds big things both for myself and the Dartmouth team.”
Talbot, of Service High fame, is coming off a ski season in which he finished 11th at the NCAA Championships in March, narrowly missing an All-American finish. In May, he helped the Dartmouth 4x-mile relay team run 16:27, the second-fastest time in New England history.
“In terms of skiing versus running I don’t’ think I am necessarily better in one,” he said. “I strongly believe my success in running is largely due to the hard work I put into skiing and vice versa.”
He is one of the best dual-sport college athletes from Alaska, yet Talbot still surprises himself, like in the Dartmouth Invitational.
“I struggled in the heat during a tempo workout a week before. Now that fall temperatures have moved into New Hampshire I’ve found my stride again and was a bit surprised by the result, “ Talbot said. “My strategy in the race was to hang with the top group as long as possible and this proved easy until a very large hill at 5-K mark. I got dropped from the group but got a second wind at the top and was able to make up ground.”