District meet –
Well – I want to be honest and let everyone know, we didn’t have our best day today BUT it was far, Far, FAR from a bad day ☺ After last week we all had very high expectations for ourselves and our team mates. And while we didn’t run as fast as we would like it sure was a very good day.
Bella was running her very first district meet for XC and as she found out, in our region that is a really tough thing. You could see that the race was not going the way we expected but instead of dropping from the challenge Bella really stepped up and finished with a 13th place finishing earning an individual birth to state.
Naomi running her 3rd district meet ran a very tough and strategic race today and I loved to see the sheer determination on her face in the last loop. She was super aggressive and really attacked the course and the girls around her. Finishing 15th gained her 3rd state appearance!!
Kallie may have had the race of the day. Last year top 30 qualified for state and she was 32nd but today she left no doubts as she came home with a GREAT 20th place finish also earning her first individual qualifying mark. Her time was also almost a full minute faster than she was at this meet last year.
It then became the freshman bonanza. Lilly (40) – Melissa (45) and Shasta (46) all didn’t get quite the middle part of the race we wanted buy boy or boy did they just crush the last mile of the race, especially Melissa, every race I am impressed by one or more of our “newbies” today it was all 3 – this is a tough race every year because it is such a hard course and great competition and they did NOT back down. Lilly started probably faster than she ever has – Shasta was her normal dependable self and Melissa, well lets just say that if Kallie didn’t have the race of the day it was definitely Melissa ☺
Lexi rounded out our racers today – while she will be really hard on herself she ran one of the toughest races I have ever seen her have today. She clearly didn’t have the day she wanted but fought hard to the end. As a matter of fact she ran 2:27 than she did at this race last year and finished 33 spots better this season as well!!
Some other random observations
1. Only Peninsula got 7 girls across the line before we did. It shows how great our depth is this year.
2. This team really runs well for themselves and for each other.
3. They are so positive while getting ready to go –relaxed and ready to go. Our leaders are so good at getting everyone ready to go.
4. Grace and Aven did a GREAT job being relaxed and helpful, getting teammates relaxed, focused and ready to race.
For next week: Our end of season Banquet is on Wednesday at 5:45 in the Commons- It is a potluck – bring anything to share and I suggest bringing your own drinks- We will eat and then go in the theater for the certificates. I hope to see everyone there!
Friday: Team Leaves for the state meet in Pasco! We will race at 12:30 at the sunwillows golf course in Pasco. If you need more information please let me know.