UVA captain Tyler Conger scans the field at UPA College Nationals 2009. Photo courtesy of Ian Toner.
Every Ultimate program loses leaders. Such is the plight of college Ultimate, you have four (or five) years to be the best you can be and every year you lose the people on your team who have worked the last four (or five) years to be the best they can be.
However, a program rarely loses a leader like Robert Runner. Runner’s final year at Virginia was last season, when he lead Night Train to a Nationals berth for the first time in UVA’s history. He was last seen playing a large role in Chain Lightning’s championship run in the UPA Club Series.
“Robert was one of the most composed people I’ve ever been around,” UVA’s current captain, Tyler Conger, wrote to us in an e-mail. “That being said, when he was serious, you knew it was time to buckle down. I think everyone who played with Robert picked up on how calm he stayed in almost any situation. Also, his commitment to this team was something that I think we all try and replicate on an everyday basis.”
By the end of the third round at CCC we determined that we could no longer depend on anything. The entire world was upside down and we were very cold. These are a couple of categories that we thought up that really sorted out the mirey muck that was the Saturday of CCC 2009.
Posted in CCC 2009, recaps, recaps, Ultimate frisbee
Tagged alabama, ben slade, CCC, chain lightning, clemson, david berendes, emory, notre dame, robert runner, south carolina, texas, weather
It’s no secret how Virginia ran into such success last season. Night Train was led by a ten-person senior class and that senior class was led by Robert Runner, now a National Champion with Chain Lightning.
Runner, in addition to being Night Train’s Callahan candidate, led the team on the field with a smart mind and an incredible presence in the huddle. We witnessed it first hand at AC Regionals as Virginia ran through the competition and there was no question that Runner was the head of the team. He was given great deference in between games, points and halves throughout the tournament.
So, while that gives us a lot of background and knowledge about where Virginia is coming from, it doesn’t answer a lot questions regarding how Night Train plans on getting back to where it left off last year.
How do you replace a Callahan candidate? How do you replace ten seniors?
Well, you start with Tyler Conger.
Posted in CCC 2009, previews, previews, Ultimate frisbee
Tagged andrew wilkes, CCC, chain lightning, jesse macadangdang, neeley, previews, robert runner, tom licitra, tyler conger, Ultimate frisbee, virginia
Atlanta's Chain Lightning poses after winning the Chesapeake Open. Photo by Kevin Leclaire. Courtesy of Rob Barrett.
On a rainy Thursday night in northern Washington four young men careened out of control in a rental car and flipped twice before finally coming to a stop. Those four men were Atlanta, Georgia’s Asa Wilson, Rob White, Paul Vandenberg and David Berendes, all members of Chain Lightning. Wilson, White, Vandenberg and Berendes all emerged from the vehicle unharmed and unwittingly stumbled into the perfect metaphor for their team’s history.
Posted in Club South Regionals 2009, previews, previews, Ultimate frisbee
Tagged aj tiarsmith, asa wilson, brandon perales, chain lightning, club regionals, david berendes, dempsey, paul vandenberg, rob barrett, rob white, robert runner, Ultimate frisbee
Courtesy of Robert Runner
Of all the teams that will be in Charlotte this weekend for the UPA Atlantic Coast Open Regionals, UVA Night Train (32-8) may have had the most inauspicious beginning to the season of them all and the fast food chain Wendy’s was at the bottom of Night Train’s difficulties.