The Webster City Lynx Invitational at Links Golf Course was sweltering hot and much more of a challenge than our season opener at Gowrie. We knew going into the meet that it would be difficult to maintain our times because it's been a relatively cool start to the season and we haven't had enough practice in the heat to prepare us for 90 degree temps during race conditions. This was a good test to see how we could hold up under normal conditions for this time of year. Even though many of our athletes' times suffered due to the heat, I was happy that most stayed within 30-45 seconds of last week. Kayleen Johnson and Jeremy Gangestad were two of our runners able to actually drop times over the previous week, which is quite an accomplishment considering the heat!
Mekenzie Alberts continues to perform well and was our only medal winner this week, taking 6th place. Alex Rosenbaum is still our top male finisher. Siri Vatne made her 5k debut at the JV level and ran so well that she'll move up to varsity for next week's meet in Belmond.
We are facing a lot of tough competition from schools like Eagle Grove with traditionally strong programs. It's still too early in the season for us to be as competitive as we'd like, but we're growing stronger each day in practice. While the rising temperatures have made for some miserable conditions, they do provide good training in how to adapt.
As always, once competition starts, injuries tend to crop up. We're hoping to stay healthy, with some runners having to rest more than others in order to keep their goals in sight further down the road. Running smart isn't always easy when you feel the drive to compete, and something we've been trying to stress in practice is the importance of each runner being able to listen to his or her own body and make decisions accordingly.
A special thanks this week to all of our parents and fans! Kim and Corey Jacobsen hosted a team dinner at Tornado Park on Monday, Jake and Karianne Johnson provided some much-needed popsicles as an after-race treat on Tuesday, and the Ruritans hosted a dinner for the runners and volleyball girls on Wednesday night. We were thrilled to see Mr. March and Profe Roseburrough cheering alongside our parents and coaches at Webster City, and would love to have as many fans as possible make the trip to Belmond on Tuesday!