We started the 2016 CGD Cross Country season with a hot night at the Gowrie Golf Course.
Since this meet does not distinguish between Varsity and JV, it's a nice start to the season to give everyone an equal chance to earn their spots going into the next meet. The course is relatively flat compared to many of the others we encounter during the season, so I admit I was hoping for better-than-average times. Unfortunately, the late August heat wasn't cooperating with my wishes!
Our boys started strong. Luke Rapp (9th place), Max Powers (10th), Alex Rosenbaum (13th), and Hayden Klaver (15th) all finished close to what they set as their preseason goal times. I had hoped these boys would do well considering they are all coming back with Varsity experience, and they did not disappoint. Having four of our boys finish in the top 15 was a pleasant surprise, and I can't wait to see how they progress as the season continues. Logan Robertson was able to post a time consistent with his work from laster year. Special shout out to Dakota Hennigar and Crisitan Tamayo, both running their first cross country race ever. These boys stuck it out, and now that they have a taste for what the distance is like, I know they'll continue to drop times and adapt to the mental game of distance running.
The girls race was a little stickier. Angela Castro pushed for a 25th place finish as our medal winner for the night. Since we had five of our Varsity girls graduate last year, the roster this year is anyone's game. The heat kept our girls from performing up to their goals, and we definitely have work to do to be competitive. One thing is absolutely certain: I am thrilled with the attitude and mentality of all of these young women. We have hard workers with positive attitudes, and that makes me excited to see what they can accomplish with a little more practice under their belts.
Thank you to all the parents, grandparents, and CGD students (Meleah, Phoebe, and Sarah!) who made the trek over to Gowrie to cheer us on.
I think Dakota summed up the magic of this sport best when we talked after his race. He told me that people he didn't even know (parents and athletes) from other schools were cheering for him along the entire race, and it was something he wasn't used to in other sports. That positive energy and wonderful crowd support is just one of the things that makes cross country so special!