Not the results we had hoped, but an injury to Gwen and respiratory problems for Lydia held us back a bit. Congratulations to Ella Waddle, Olivia Steffen and Payton Beckman on qualifying individually.
5 of the 6 girls that ran set a new season best time. Abby Cobb ran a new life-time best time. Payton Beckman and Olivia Steffen ran faster this year than last year at this meet.
3 of the 7 boys ran season best times. Conor Mc-Carthy ran a new life-time best. Avery Norman and Emry Colby ran faster than this year than last year at this meet.
I felt the girls really stepped up their effort trying to qualify without one of the top 5 runners. We finally got to have two solid weeks of training, and it showed. Of course, they are disappointed about not qualifying as a team, but they knew it was a tough task. Each of them gave their best effort and that is all I can ask of them. They are already talking about what to do next year to be better.
The boys also had great races. We started the season hoping to get one of them under 22:00, we finished the season with 5 under 22:00 (including 2 under 21:00 and 1 under 20:00). It just took them all season to get into race shape. I still believe there is enough talent on the boys side to get at least one state qualifier next season, but they must step up and train outside of the season.