Oct. 7, 2004
Tallaahssee, Fla. – Florida State cross country runner Sydney Mondragon, a senior working with the varsity and strider program at FSU, took a minute with SI to breakdown the Disney Invitational meet.
Sports Information: With this being your senior, there are a few courses you have been to a few times, including the course at Disney’s Wide World of Sports. How is this meet different from all the rest?
Sydney Mondragon: This is my fourth time at the Disney Invite. I like the meet because it’s a pretty fast course plus we get to go down to Orlando, Fla., and go to the outlet malls. It was cool to run there the first time but we don’t go to Disney World. The sports facilities there are really nice but nothing sticks out.
SI: Would you walk me through an event weekend, so I can get an idea of what your schedule is like for Friday and Saturday while you are in Central Florida?
SM: We go down (to Orlando) and run the course for practice. Then we go to the outlets, dinner and head to the hotel. We race on Saturday morning and then head back to Tallahassee.
SI: With this being your final cross country season in the Garnet and Gold, are you a little sad because it’s your final time at the most magical place on Earth?
SM: No, I’m not sad because it’s my last Disney Invite. I’ll be sad when it’s my last race. Right now, we’re still in season.
SI: Can you walk us through the race?
SM: The miles are marked so you know how fast you are going. You start running across a soccer field then through the woods and back onto the track. You know there aren’t any big hills on the second mile or anything so your splits should be pretty even. You end on the track.