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The Morning Stake | 2019.11.05

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The Mind of a Marathoner. This was before this past weekend’s New York City Marathon, via ESPN:

AS A YOUNG GIRL, Mary Keitany ran. When her mother wanted her to fetch water at their farm, she ran. When she was late to school after helping with early-morning chores, she ran. When the final bell of the school day rang and she was hungry, she ran.

For as long as she can remember, she ran. At least 10 kilometers every day. It came from the depths of her being, an act she describes as from “deep within the soul.”

Running was also something she was naturally good at. In her high school in Kabarnet, a small town in eastern Kenya, she ran the 100 meters, the 10,000 meters and everything in between. During relay races, if she ran the first leg, “nobody would be able to catch up,” she said, and if she ran the last one, she’d make up for lost time and “nobody could outrun” her.

Coaches and trainers told her that she was a gifted runner, that she could win medals. During one of her high school races, she looked around the track and thought to herself that she could have the best of both worlds. If she could perfect her art, win medals and make money doing it, wouldn’t that be the ideal career?

From then on, the girl people called “The Lightning” made running her mission. She would set a goal and stop only when she had reached it — and that mentality paid off. Her first-place finishes in road races and half-marathons in Kenya got the attention of international tournament directors.

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Get Hyped. I’m posting this in multiple places, Matt Mooney does a terrific job narrating.

Fireside Chat. The Fireside Chat gets a logo, so that’s new, and this time it is Chris Beard and strength and conditioning coach John Reilly (who I absolutely love). Also interesting that Coach Reilly has got a Kenny Chesney song in his head. Lyle Lovett’s If I Had a Boat is also a good tune.

Top 100-51. SB Nation’s Mike Rutherford is ranking the top 50 players and has Jahmi’us Ramsey at #84 and Davide Moretti at #76. Here’s the bit on Ramsey:

The former five-star recruit significantly upped expectations for his freshman season by dropping 44 points in one of Texas Tech’s August exhibition games in the Bahamas. Ramsey figures to be one of the offensive focal points for a Red Raider team looking to replace the production of Jarrett Culver, Matt Mooney and Tariq Owens from last season’s national runner-up squad.

Forde’s Top 25. SI’s Pat Forde has his top 25 and has Texas Tech at #15:

15. Texas Tech: This ranking almost feels disrespectful to Chris Beard after what he’s done the last two seasons: 58 total wins, plus advancement to a regional final in 2018 and the national title game in ’19. But the losses from last year are immense. The help and hope come from a couple of transfers—Virginia Tech’s Chris Clarke and Stephen F. Austin’s T.J. Holyfield—and holdover guards David Moretti and Kyler Edwards. Give Beard a few weeks and they’ll be a fanatical defensive team by the time Big 12 play starts.

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