By TOM WREDE/ UST Sports Information
Learning to run under pressure and closing things out when the race is tight is how you rise above the pack, Maleniak said.
The runners also credited the UST track coaching staff. Goeman said, that Coach Maleniak has helped create a winning atmosphere in the past three years he's been at St. Thomas.
It was no coincidence that Maleniak was recently recognized by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association as the Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year for indoor track and field.
"I visualize how I will approach the line, what it will feel like to get off the line, and most importantly how I will react when it starts to hurt," she said.
Terukinamaintains her quiet confidence, too, but tries to balance her mental prep.
Gapinski held a similar outlook. "During the race itself, I wasn't thinking too much," Gapinski said. "I was just running. I knew what I had to do, and I wanted to cross the finish line knowing that I gave it my all," she said.
On the anchr leg, Gapinski took advantage of an opposing runner's burst. She tucked and followed her within close range of the leader. With a little more than one lap to go, Gapinski surged herself and never looked back as she took the ninth seeds to victory.
In the end, Sweeney said, it took "a UST-TTE (total team effort)" and that is what the women delivered.
"St. Thomas Track and Field is a tight-knit community where all athletes encourage and motivate one another, both on and off the track. I couldn't think of a better group of girls to share the experience with, Terukina said