Two weeks ago was the first official meet of the season, however it was not a typical 5k cross country distance. The Stage Races at River Green in Duluth are a series of 5 - 2 mile races, typically getting faster each stage till the 5th stage. They are all scored together so it is best for the coach to put their fastest runner in each stage, that is not too fast to blow away the stage so they would be better used in the faster stage. The boys and girls run these races together which also makes for an interesting dynamic.
Ashlee ran in the 3rd stage of the JV races. She ran a great race and finished 5th overall to receive her first medal. She ran the 2 mile in 13:50 and was very proud of her finish as I was :) She ran the entire race very smart and learned a lot. She was nervous before the race, but not so bad since it was only 2 miles.
Payton ran in the 5th and fastest stage of the Varsity races. She ran a great race as well and finished
Both the JV and Varsity teams got 3rd place in the Stage Races.
This past Saturday my daughters both ran in the Berry Invitational at Berry College in Berry, Georgia. This was the first official 5k race of the season which made many of the girls very nervous, especially the first year runners. The Varsity race ran at 10:30 and the JV ran at 12:00, but luckily it was a very pleasant day and not too hot. The team drove up the night before and had some issues with dinner that ended up making some of them sick.
26th overall and 3rd for her team in 20:23, just 3 seconds away from her current PR. As soon as she finished and I found her at the end she was feeling horrible and said she intentionally held back a little bit to keep from getting horribly sick while running. If she would have been feeling good she would have probably finished 1st for her team and brought home a big PR in the 19's, but there is always next time!
14th overall and 9th for her team in 22:27 - a PR!
The Cross Country season has just begun, but will be over way too soon. I will try to keep up with their races on here since that is the true fun of running.... seeing how it affects those you love and how it changes their lives.
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