This past Saturday my daughter's both ran in the Great American Cross Country Festival in Cary, NC just outside of Raleigh. This was a very competitive meet, so much so that the winner of the boys and girls races both set new course records at 15:00 flat for the boys, and Aisling Cuffe won the girls race setting a new course record of 16:40 and was almost a full minute in front of #2.
Payton ran in the Race of Champions race, the fastest girls race of the day. She ran an awesome race and PR'd with a time of 19:40. This PR was only a 4 second PR, but was over the big PR she just set two weeks ago at the Gwinnett County race which is a flatter course. This was her 4th consecutive PR.
JV #2 race, finished 11th overall and first for her team. She finished in front of a few of her team-mates that she has never finished in front of before and set a HUGH PR of 21:24 - almost a full minute over her last PR of 22:17 that she also set just two weeks ago on the flatter Gwinnett County course. As soon as a few of her team-mates passed I ran over to see her come out of the chute. She was beaming with her medal and was as proud as I have ever seen her. I told her she was first for her team and her smile got even bigger..... if that was even possible! I was so proud of her, and couldn't contain my tears. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire day and watching both of my daughters race, but this moment made the entire trip worthwhile.
And to think I almost didn't go to watch them race!