Coach Eisele and I are so proud of the hard work this training group puts in each day, and it is rewarding for you to have excellent performances to show for all of that hard work!
On Thursday at the Trabuco Dual Meet, we had many wonderful story lines, but I have to begin with Amy S in the 1600. As you all know, Amy is one of our toughest runners. She regularly demonstrates what it means to be a super teammate and hard worker, and she was rewarded with a huge PR of 5:50! Way to go Amy!
Yareli is another integral part of our team, and she has now shattered her goal of breaking 6:00 twice in one week! New goals (sub 5:50) are on order for both of these ladies!
For the rest of the crew in the Varsity 1600, there was a lot going on! Belle and Nicole got back into the 5:30s after working well together throughout the race. Sub 5:30 by the end of the season? Amy V got down to 5:51 and will be gunning for sub 5:50 with Amy S and Yareli. Finally, Chandler's goal was to run within herself to save something for Saturday night, and she ran a controlled 5:14 for the win.
In the Frosh/Soph 1600, MaKenna and Renee gained more experience at pushing through the pain and racing hard in the four lap event. It doesn't hurt that they both scored PRs!
In the Varsity 800, Hana and Rylee went 1-2 with excellent racing tactics that resulted in PRs for both. Hana shaved about 1/2 a second off of hers, while Rylee lowered her best by close to a full 2 seconds.
I want to reserve special notice for the progress Rylee has made as an 800 runner. About four weeks ago, she struggled to run 2:22 pace for 600 meters, yet she is now doing a full 800 meters at that pace, and doing it strongly! Sub 2:20 in the future for both athletes?
In the 3200, most tempo'd the race for training purposes, but Belle (12:06 for 3rd) and Nicole (12:33 for 5th) ran excellent races after posting solid times earlier in the 1600. You guys are getting strong!
On Saturday night at the Azusa Meet of Champions, Hana and Chandler were honored with entries into the Invitational 1600 (Hana) and the Rated 3200 (Chandler). In the 1600, Hana was the only freshman running against much more experienced runners. It was a tough race, with a fast pace from the start, but she once again demonstrated her incredible toughness and ran 5:05 for the full mile (5:03 for 1600). This experience provides Hana with one more piece of the puzzle as she cements her place among the state's elite runners. In the 3200, Chandler's goal was to break 11:00 (this year's mark for elite status in California), and she was under, or on pace until one lap to go, when she fell a bit behind. With a great kick over the last lap, she gained back the time she needed and finished a strong 5th place at 10:58!
As I stated above, we are so proud and honored to work with such a wonderful group of student athletes. Each of you is truly an important member of this training group. You support each other, and make each other better athletes and human beings. None of you would be achieving the things you are without your sisters in speed!
What a great week and keep running!
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