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The Xavier Mile is Tomorrow

Think your least favorite Musketeer is that way because he's lazy? He probably isn't.

Coach Mack stations a few runners near the finish line to encourage flagging Muskies.
Coach Mack stations a few runners near the finish line to encourage flagging Muskies.
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I have an assignment for each of you tomorrow. It goes as follows:

  • Roll out of bed at 6am; if you already get up that early, get up an hour earlier
  • Pick out a light t-shirt, your favorite shorts, and your best shoes to exercise in
  • Drive or walk to you closest local running track
  • No later than 6:30am, run a mile as hard as you possibly can
  • If it wasn't under six minutes, you're screwed

That is, in a nutshell, what the Xavier basketball players will be facing tomorrow. It's the dreaded Xavier Mile; guards have a goal of under 5:25, wings under 5:45, and posts under 6:00. I don't know what happens if you miss the goal, but I'm guessing it's not an encouraging pat on the butt. Obviously, this is not an event the players - especially not the bigger men - look forward to with any great degree of joy. Gents, our thoughts are with you tomorrow morning.

Also, Brad Redford holds the record with a blistering 4:53. He is the only Muskie to crack the 5:00 mark in recorded Xavier Mile history.