On a day fraught with attrition, G-A runners left their marks on Maple Valley's hilly and challenging course. Before the first race there was already disappointment as both Leah and Rachel were late scratches. Whitney started fast and was on pace to earn all-KVA honors until a fluke knee injury derailed her race. She was still able to finish (somehow) in 29th place, but the damage had unfortunately been done.
For those fortunate enough to start and finish the day healthy, many meritorious performances were on display. Phoebe led the way with a gutsy 14th place finish, earning her the honor of 1st-team All-Conference. She had to hold off a late rally by the 15th place runner, but she battled strenuously for the recognition and gave G-A it's first such honoree in several years. Gina was the third G-A runner to cross the finish line, and was joined in the point-scoring by Bethy and Sydney--both of whom ran within 15 seconds of their season-bests.
After running lifetime best times just three days ago, Kasey and Noah's legs still felt the effects and they turned in slightly slower--but still respectable performances. Grace placed 13th in the JV race with her third-fastest time of the season, But the best personal performance of the day was from Sierra, who managed to PR by 57 seconds on one of the toughest courses of the year. Her time earned her 5th place in the JV race--the highest G-A finish of the day.
At the beginning of the season, Robert's goal was to finish in the top half of the league. Considering that information, it would appear that 22nd place at the KVA championship would be something to celebrate. However, with KVA honorable mention being handed out to places 15-21, Robert suffered the unenviable fortune of being the first runner to miss out on the recognition. Still, his performance was praiseworthy and something to be proud of. Nathan also had a fantastic finish to the KVA season, finishing in 35th with a time just 10 seconds slower than his PR from a much flatter course. Nathan was the third fastest freshman in the varsity race!
Overall, the girls' team finished in 6th, which is better than last year and was done without the team being at full strength. It was a step in the right direction, and something to build on for next year. Way to go Rams!