The Brookwood girls swept both the JV and Varsity races and both Ashlee and Payton played a key part in those wins. Both of them had a great day and ran great despite the late start of the race and the seemingly slow times that everyone was crossing with. In cross country the top 5 for each team are the scorers for the team and both of them crossed 5th overall in their respective races.
JV race and ran a 21:38. This wasn't her best time and she was a little bit upset that she didn't set a PR, but she finished 5th for her team and 5th overall. This was a great race and she held strong the entire race and was key in helping her team score a perfect 15 - bringing 1,2,3,4,5 (and even 6) across the finish line before any of their opponents. They continued to sprinkle in quite a few more runners within the opposing teams as they continued to bring the rest of this massive team across the line.
Varsity race and ran a 19:53 officially, but I had her at 19:48 so I think they started the clocks a bit early. Usually you expect to be a second off, but 5 seconds is a pretty big difference and being a runner myself I am kinda obsessed with hitting the watch with the gun. This wasn't Payton's best time but it wasn't supposed to be either. She was supposed to go out conservatively and the only goal was to win as a team. Their coach is saving them for State when it really matters.
Tomorrow is the big State race and Payton and her team are already over in Carrollton, GA. They have run the course this afternoon and I am assuming they are getting ready to get something for dinner shortly. We will be heading over in the morning to watch her run in her second state meet.
Good Luck Payton! Good Luck Brookwood!