We’ll I think it is safe to say that the South County Classic was a resounding success! The high level of competition brought out the best in the athletes that raced, and our team can be very proud of their efforts!
The 3200 got things started off with a bang. After coming through the first lap at 5:20 pace, and the mile at sub 6:00, it would have been very easy for Belle to “crater” over the last mile, but instead, she ran 6:14 for the second mile and a very impressive 12:13 for her very first 3200. I see sub 12:00 in the near future!
The 1600 was a “barn-burner” from the gun. Hana jumped right onto the shoulder of El Toro’s Hannah Tobin, one of the best distance runners in the state, while Chandler had a poor start, almost fell, and found herself in last place half way through the first lap. 100m into the race, Hana lost a shoe, yet never wavered in her position as the laps clicked by. Chandler worked her way back toward the front pack as she recovered from the troubled first lap. With 300m to go, Hana decided that it was time to move and quickly put a 10m gap on Tobin. The El Toro runner battled back and pulled even with 75m to go, and was able to eek out a 2 second win with Hana coming in 2nd at 5:01 (a state of California elite mark). Chandler soon followed in 5:10 (a 6-second pr). Gutsy running from both of our athletes, which bodes well for the future!
In the 800m, Rylee had a tough first lap, but as you have heard me say time and time again, mental toughness goes a long way in distance running. As she came through 400m, Rylee saw that the first lap was slow (75) and she was out of contention, which are two things that could crush the confidence of a lesser runner. In addition, she was being jostled and almost crashed to the track. Did she give up? No way! She battled for position and ran a 69 second last lap to score a 1-second pr and a 5th place. Gutsy running again! To top things off, Rylee came back and ran 60-flat as the anchor for the 4x400 team!
The night would not have been complete if it were not for the teammates that showed up to support their sisters. Giving up a Friday night to hang out at a track meet is a pretty big sacrifice, but that’s what teammates do! In addition to competing, being on a team is about creating memories, supporting each other, and developing friendships that can last a lifetime. Thank you to Brittany, Katelyn, Nicole, Renee, and Sara B. for helping make it a great night!
Please see the training schedule for info about this week's meets.
Keep running,Coach Horton