By JOE AVENTO
Press Sports Writer
When Seamus Power was preparing for his first cross country race as a freshman at East Tennessee State University in 1991, coach Dave Walker offered up a little last-second advice.
“He put his hand on the back of my neck and said ‘Seamus, you can win this one. Just go out hard, pick it up in the middle and kick it in at the end,’ ” Power said. “I’m not sure if he was joking, but I liked it and will always remember it.”
Power continued going out hard and kicking it in at the end for his entire career, and on Sunday, one of the most successful member’s of Walker’s famed “Irish Brigade” will be inducted into ETSU’s Hall of Fame.
“I’m delighted to be still remembered and I’m honored,” Power said. “I thought this only happened to others.
“ETSU carved me into not only the runner I became, but the man I became. It was a great opportunity and experience for a farmer’s son from the West of Ireland in the early ’90s to head off to America. I was a quiet boy, unexposed to the world. I had a lot to experience and to learn.”
Power’s running record speaks for itself.
He was a five-time All-American and still holds the ETSU and Southern Conference records in the indoor 3,000 meters (8:05.37 in 1992). He was the most successful cross country runner in Southern Conference history, becoming the only runner to win the league championship for four consecutive years.