Whew doggies! We had a tough week of running this week!! From Sunday’s 10 miler, to Monday’s hour long run, to the mile repeats on the XC course on Tuesday followed by hill repeats, Wednesday afternoon run, and fast 400’s and 200’s on Thursday, we killed it! Actually, most of the guys, and maybe some of the girls, were still sore at today’s race from Thursday’s workout. Normally, this would not be a good idea, but we were treating this meet as another workout basically. So, that enabled us to get another good workout in during the week. Next week will be another tough week too, because we will not even have a meet next Saturday, so we can again work hard.
Even with everyone tired and sore, we did alright at the big MC Watson Invitational at Choctaw Trails, in Clinton, MS today. Lots of good teams, including some great ones from Louisiana. Our varsity girls team ended up 9th out of 33 teams in the large school varsity race. We were once again lead in this 4k race by Kate Mattox who came in 4th overall with a time of 15:36. She got a shirt for her efforts in an award ceremony later, along with the other top 15 runners. Walker Mattox was our next finisher in 16:57, and she was closely followed by Abigail Arinder who ran 17:04. Shanika Musser was next at 17:47, then Anna Jackson in 18:19, Ashley Albritton in 18:41, Carys Snyder in 19:06, Meghan Wolf in 19:07, Sabrina Moore in 21:07, and Haley Jenkins in 20:24.
Our Varsity boys team placed 4th out of 31 teams with Tupelo being the only Mississippi team in front of us. Joseph was our top finisher placing 6th with a time of 16:45, a few seconds in front of Tupelo’s top runner Andrew White. Like Joseph, Andrew is also a sophomore and a very talented runner. He sometimes runs faster than he did today, but this is not an easy course, and maybe this was not his day. Either way, it was good for Joseph to finish ahead of him today. That was a real confidence booster for him. Joseph, like most of our other varsity boys, had some really sore legs today and looked pretty worn out. I was glad to see him perform so well after the workouts we had last week. Joseph also received a shirt for his top 15 finish. Kamau was our second finisher placing 21st with a time of 17:24. I guess he was pretty worn out too, because this was almost a minute slower than the week before. In fact, our next finisher, Damian Grady, almost beat him today with his PR time of 17:27 coming in 24th. Damian was ahead of him with 40 meters or so to go, but Kamau was not to be denied, and he sprinted ahead at the end. Our next few runners all ran together quite well with Ethan Musser coming in 54th at 18:26, Stuart Woomer in 62nd at 18:40, Aaron Remotigue in 66th at 18:43, Alex Ross in 74th at 18:51, and Jack Bryan in 19:02 (a great PR for him!!).
Back to it in the morning, with our weekly 10 mile run, meeting at 7AM at the South Farm parking lot.