The course is a two loop course and is laid out pretty good, especially for the spectators. We are able to watch the runners at multiple locations, especially if we want to do some running ourselves. The starting was laid out a bit wrong this year and it ended up putting a protruding manhole directly in the path of some of the runners at the start. Of course one of the lucky teams was Brookwood.
The first race of the morning was the Championship Girls race. This is the fastest race of the day and this was the race that Payton was running in. She and her teammates warmed up and got ready to start. The gun went off and the race was underway. As I mentioned above the manhole was right in their path and so they had to crowd the teams next to them to get a clear start. Payton and a couple of her teammates lost a lot of ground in this start and ended up boxed in way back.
Following the boys Championship race, the next race up was the JV Girls A race that Ashlee was running in. This is the faster of the two JV races. Ashlee and her teammates warmed up and before you know it they were off and running. They too had the manhole to run around, but their path was not obstructed quite as bad. Ashlee started off strong but also conservative. She had talked to her coach before the race about trying a new approach of starting a little more conservatively so she would have more to work with as the race progressed.
Brookwood Sweep of the Coach Wood Invitational (ESPN Article)(team pic).
As the girls were hanging around waiting for the awards cerimonies they were taking some fun photos. They came up with this fun Charlie's Angels type pose in front of one of the Nike backdrops. Payton (aka: funny girl) had to be herself and be a little different. As she put it - "A classic photo with a little bit of originality."
So, now what am I going to do with all my time? :)