This is a strange recap for me to write because I'm 98% sure of one thing: the course we ran last night had to be a little bit short distance-wise. While I would love to think that our runners showed such drastic gains over last week due to their hard work (and my coaching), it's not realistic based on everything I know about this sport. So this recap is going to be short because I don't want to talk about times that might not be a completely accurate portrayal of where we are currently running at this point in the season.
My overall feeling after the Belmond meet is still one of joy, even if the times don't seem to add up.
The reason I'm so happy is pretty simple: my runners were happy. Pretty much every single kid felt good after running last night.
The weather was a major factor. Colder weather is good for running times, and we usually don't see temps like this until later in the season. (This is another reason why I'm worried for next week; our next meet will be back to temps that could slow our runners down.) Training is also a factor. We're finally at the point in the season where our long runs have built up enough, and that endurance showed last night.
Instead of talking about times, I'll give shout outs to the three runners who made Varsity debuts last night.
On the boys' side of things, a huge tip of the hat to freshman Isaiah Nebbe. With Max Powers out due to injury for two weeks, Isaiah was next in line to step up to Varisty. I'm proud of Isaiah for running his best race yet, and for not allowing the pressure to stop him from being cool and calm. Our boys stayed steady as a team by placing 5th (out of 11).
For the girls, Stephanie Castro (Peanut) and Raven Kinnetz joined the Varsity line-up. They made quite the impression, and their speed definitely helped our other Varsity girls drop down to put us in a more competitive team standing. Placing 6th (out of 12) was a huge leap for us as team.
Next week, we are at Osage. I'm curious to see how our times from this week stand up, or if Belmond ends up being an early-season anomaly.