Nathan kicked the day off by finishing in 28th place in the boys' race, just missing a top-25 medal. In the girls' race, Whitney was the top G-A finisher, crossing the line in 14th place. Not too far behind was Gina in 18th, who started the race conservatively but passed a plethora of runners during the second half of the race for one of her finest performances ever. Rachel was the third G-A finisher, setting off a flurry of crimson and gold in the downhill finishing chute, as she was 23rd, followed by Bethy, Leah, Ashley and Sierra in 24th, 26th, 27th and 30th. Grace was the next G-A runner, and Emily was proud to complete her first ever cross country race.
Despite not placing any runners in the top 10, the girls finished in 4th place as a team at the nine-team meet, showing the depth and balance that this team has. Whitney, Gina, Rachel and Bethy all earned medals and it was a great way to kick off the season.
The success at this meet was surely thanks to the commitment these runners have shown to their training this summer. The team as a whole logged over 1000 miles this summer, and that's only counting those that were entered online. Many runners bought into the idea of training through the entire summer and the team has taken a huge step forward this year. Compared to last season, most of our runners are in much better shape at this point in the season. That was evident this past Wednesday at the team's timed mile on the track. Compared to the same week last year, the following runners saw significant improvements in their mile time this week: Nathan (39 seconds faster this year), Whitney (10 seconds), Bethy (:52), Sierra (:11), Grace (:55) Lauryn (:35), Daniel (2:52) and Leah (:52)!
The increased commitment to training has also allowed some runners the opportunity to conquer some impressive distances on their long runs. This morning, several athletes enjoyed the flat terrain of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail as Zack ran three miles of it, Sierra/Grace/Gina did seven miles, Bethy nine, and Nathan ran 10 miles from downtown Kalamazoo back to Galesburg.
While these athletes were running in Kalamazoo, Daniel was also running his longest route of the year as he competed in the Hastings Summerfest 10k. He even won a medal for his age group! Way to go Daniel!
You can see the full results of the HS meet on athletic.net, check our team stats on this spreadsheet, or view pictures of the meet from Mr. Chatman on Shutterfly. Have a great rest of the weekend and Go Rams!