Words can't accurately describe how fun it has been to watch the CGD cross country teams compete this week. When I first saw the season schedule, this was the week I was dreading. A meet on Monday and Thursday? Right near the peak of training? That's not a lot of recovery turnaround, and could certainly lead to discouraging times.
We rocked it last night at Hampton. As thrilled as I was about our stunning times on Monday at Algona, these kids turned around and dazzled me again just three nights later. We had some shave even more time off their PRs. We had three medal winners (Mekenzie, Max P., and Alex R.).
Our girls Varsity placed 5th out of 10 teams. The girls are continuing to lower their times, and the roster is currently made up of a strong group of seniors and three sophomores who are dropping times each week. We have battled injury with some of our girls this season, so the Varsity roster has gone through week-to-week changes. The girls have posted their best times by paying close attention to pacing and trying to run negative splits. It's hard not to want to go out and win the first mile of a race, but running a smart 5k is about training yourself to save your top speed for the last mile, so you have the energy to finish all-out. This is something we still struggle with, and will continue to work on in practice leading up to the end of the season.
The boys Varsity finally had their chance to shine last night. I've known from the beginning these boys were some of the hardest workers I've ever seen, and our times and placing are finally starting to reflect that. Consider this: last week at Humboldt, none of our boys were running under 20 minutes. Last night at Hampton, we had four of our seven come in under 20, and two more close behind. This group continues to amaze me with their work ethic and positive attitude toward improvement. When I saw they'd placed 4th in team rankings last night, I choked up. Finally. Our work and heart is finally visible to all. I don't think fourth place has ever felt as good as it did last night.
We run at Eagle Grove on Tuesday. We would love as many people as possible from the CGD community there to cheer us on. It will be a tough meet, and we are placed in a class with much bigger schools, so we need all the support we can get.
Thank you to all of our parents, grandparents, and community "Roadrunners" who continue to cheer for us and bring us treats at every meet! We hope you've enjoyed watching our progress the past few weeks, and we hope that we are making you proud. You make us proud with your unwavering support.