After two tough meets at Clear Lake and Humboldt, our runners were in top form last night at Algona. It was nice to see the work we've been doing in practice finally show in a meet setting.
Last night's meet at Algona was one of our best meets of the season.
Sixteen high school runners (out of 22 that ran last night) posted their season-best times.
Nine middle school (out of 10) posted their season-best times.
The course was relatively flat compared to the past few we've run on, and the overcast skies helped keep it cool.
We've been training hard in practice over the past two weeks to work on negative splits at meets. (Negative splits= running the first mile at a slower pace, then getting progressively faster so we don't blow ourselves out early.) Tonight was the first meet where most of our runners stayed near their ideal pace and used it to their advantage. It's been difficult to convince everyone that running a slow first mile can help them in the end, so I'm glad tonight proved it. We definitely had some panicked fans wondering why our runners were starting out so much slower than usual, but the times show that it worked! We need to get better about pace as we head into our last few meets of the season.
We have a quick turnaround with the Hampton meet on Thursday, so I'm anxious to see how times hold with races so close to each other.