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Hannah Pote Run for Education


After the race Saturday, Joseph jogged our trails to loosen up some more. That is often helpful. He was somewhat sore from a long week with not enough sleep and some hard running. On Sunday at 5 pm, we met Brent Wallace, Kamau Bostic, and Steve Shaffer for a run on the South Farm. I was curious how Joseph would do today, as he spent the night with some friends, meaning, they probably did not sleep much! We were shooting for 9-10 miles today. As we were about to start, Anna Jackson jogged up from the farm. So, Steve opted to run back with her. The rest of us took off and were running quite well and relaxed as we talked back and forth. Started out a bit slower to loosen up for the first half mile, then were running at about 6:35 mile pace. At that point, Kamau and Brent headed back as they were only doing 5.5. Joseph and I headed to the XC course for the 3000m loop, came back around the long way and were at 9.2 miles at the parking lot. Joseph wanted 10 miles, so he added some more. A pretty good run all in all. We ended up averaging about around a 6:50 mile pace the entire way. Much better run than the week before when both of us were drained. Typically, if Joseph has a good Sunday longish run, his running that week is good also. Hopefully, he can run a decent time this Saturday at the Run for Education.

Monday, I got in a 3.5 tempo run of sorts on the South Farm. Of course, first did a warmup jog. The tempo was done at an average of 6:22 per mile, which was not terrible considering the gravel and hills. The SHS team also did a tempo out there, 3 miles, then followed that with some down hill sprints on one of the gravel roads. I saw Joseph at some point and thought he was running smoothly. He does not wear a watch, so did not know his time, but was easily in front for the tempo. When they finished, we jogged back to the car. As we were almost to the truck, Joseph stepped in hole that was hidden by some grass and was over a foot deep! I don’t know how he did not break his leg! Crazy! Might be sore though.

Also on Monday, the Mississippi Private schools held their state meet at Choctaw Trails in Clinton. Since I used to coach at Starkville Academy (something I greatly miss), we know lots of folks that are involved with that, especially from Starkville, but also from some of the other schools. One runner in particular, Jon Luke Watts from Colombia Academy, has continued to keep in touch, so I like to keep track of his progress. Joseph used to run against him and they had some great races. I sometimes wish we had kept him in the private schools for the running, as he seemed to thrive there. Jon Luke easily won the MAIS State AA meet this year with his time of 16:37! I would not be surprised if he could not run a good bit faster, but he seldom gets pushed in MS races. Second place was his teammate Douglas Mumme with an 18:03, so you get the picture.  Of course, we had lots of Starkville friends in the 3A race. Coached by the enthusiastic and very pleasant Nancy Christiansen, the boys team placed 4th. They were lead by Lake Spradling (who I believe is an 8th grader) with his 21st place finish and time of 20:37. Following him was Will Christiansen (28th, 21:32), Matthew Christiansen (32nd, 21:56), Daniel Chung (43rd, 22:48), Tyler Vaughan (45th, 23:04), Pierce Fondren (57th, 24:10), and Layton Little (25:03).  They did not have enough girls for a complete team, but were lead by Abbie Vaughan in the 2 mile race with her time of 14:45. Another friend and former competitor of Joseph’s, Curt Knight, won this 3 A race with his time of 16:30. Similar to the 2A race, he had little competition, although 2nd place was much closer at 17:08. Full results of this years MAIS XC State Meet are at http://home.msais.org/mailouts/ccfinals2012.pdf

Tuesday, I just ran by myself, again at the South Farm and XC course. Did 7 miles at 6:58 average mile pace. Pretty nice afternoon. Joseph said he got in a 20 X 400m workout with the SHS team on their ridiculously bad track (painted concrete with crack, etc. with a surface as hard or harder than anything I have ever run on!!@!!). He said he ran them from about 1:07 to 1:18.

Wednesday afternoon I ran 5.5 miles with Brent Wallace on the south farm and XC course. Along the way we saw a good sized dead bobcat in a drainage ditch. Don’t know what happened to it. Today was a crazy run as various sections of roads were gated for moving either horses or cows. It was like a maze! We felt like rats as we ran, turned around, ran, turned around, ran… We cruised along at a moderate pace of 6:55, with the first mile being 7:29. Picked it up near the end, and our last mile was at a 6:03 pace. The SHS XC team was out there running as well. They did a 45 minute moderate run followed by 6 downhill and 2 uphill sprints. Ian Prester somehow found himself running with them, but when Brent and I came cruising through, he finished up the last mile with us, which was really pretty close to 6 minutes. Nice to see that crazy curly headed joker! Such a happy mug.

Just me and Ian on Thursday afternoon as we cruised through the MSU campus and Research Park. Ian is wanting to run races at a 7 minute mile pace, so we were going for something about that pace. I did the 5.2 mile distance at 6:49 and he was just a bit behind me at the end, and that was mostly because I picked it up on the last half mile. He came in at a slower pace to cool down.  Pretty good run though.

We ran the Hannah Pote 5k on Saturday morn. Got up and it was chilly and windy.  Arrggh. The 14 mile an hour wind from the north made it interesting, especially on the 2nd mile. This race began about 22 years ago as a part of a downtown Jubilee (I ran that race!), but gradually became the Run for Education. It was renamed the Hannah Pote Run after Hannah Pote, a wonderful 16 year old SHS XC runner, (whom I had the privilege of knowing) was killed in a tragic car accident here in Starkville a number of years ago. For many years, several area XC teams, such as New Hope, Caledonia, and others joined in for the run, as well as numerous other runners from the area. Lately, for whatever reason, the race seems to have become smaller and smaller and now seems to be largely made up of SHS XC runners and their families, plus a few random locals. This may be in part due to the tremendous number of races available every single weekend now. This year, we were also joined by the MSU XC team. These kids are all quality individuals with great attitudes! And, they are very speedy! The MSU men and their coach Houston Franks, along with some of the faster SHS runners, ran together taking turns pushing Matt Hutchinson in a speedy wheelchair or running along with him. Their goal was for him to win the race, and this goal was accomplished! I believe they finished around 17:45 or faster. Matt was quite happy I think. Matt is a great kid and has apparently become quite the fan of the MSU XC team. His brother Tyler ran for Starkville High last year and is now on a bike racing team in college. His younger sister was also present today and ran! I cannot say enough about their parents, who have made their children the priority in their lives!!

Matt’s support crew (Note everyone out here can run well under 17 minutes for a 5k and some under 15 minutes). Beasts!

Nathan pushing Matt across the finish line

Matt Hutchinson, overall male winner of the 2012 Hannah Pote Run for Education!

I was the next finisher after that group, and I averaged  5:50 per mile, although my recorded time was much different (19:02), so not sure what happened there with the results. I was hoping to keep up with the MSU group, and did for over a mile, but when the north winds hit me, I lost some zeal. So, whoo-hoo, I won the 40-49 age group (I think there only two of us). I had won the master’s division the previous 3 years, and was obviously the first runner over 40 this year too, but apparently this year’s master division was for runners over 60. So the masters trophy went to local running legend Peter Rabideau, who is still running great at about 70 years old. I don’t know what his time was, but that joker looked awesome coming in!  Peter and people like him are very inspirational.  Joseph actually ran much of the race with Juan Villarreal in front of the lead group trying to get a workout out of the run.  Their aim was to run pretty hard for much of the way, then come back and run with the MSU group and Matt. For some unknown reason, the lead police vehicle decided to stop leading the race, and instead chose to lead the group with Matt. This was no problem for Joseph who knew the route, but Juan did not know the route. On one of the last major turns, Juan had a lead on Joseph, and he went straight down Industrial Park Road instead of turning left on Lynn Lane! This was at about the 2.7 mile mark. Joseph said he tried yelling at him, but apparently he did not hear him. It was at that point that Joseph turned around and joined Matt and crew for the remainder of the race.  They all finished around 17:45 or faster, with he and Damian being the only two SHS runners still left in the group. I would guess Joseph would have been mid 16’s had he finished on his own. Juan eventually found his way back, probably 10-15 minutes later! He said his 3 mile time (with Garmin watch) was in the 15’s, so he was running pretty good. They looked good early for sure, with him and Joseph at 4:58 at the mile, and 10 something at the 2 mile.  Of course, our buddy super Steve Shaffer won his age group (50-59) with ease!  Lake Spradling and Will Christiansen represented Starkville Academy well and were 1st and 2nd in the 13-14 male division. “Shake and Bake” Kate Mattox won the female division despite the plethora of  MSU XC girls present. But, to be fair, they used the run as a recovery from their SEC Championship Meet the day before.  Either way, Kate might as well be running with the MSU girls, as the times she is putting up in 8th grade are legit college times!

Following the 5k, kids from kindergarden through 6th grade participated in a mile fun run, and they had lots of encouragement from both MSU and SHS runners. So, that was pretty exciting for them I am sure!! Several were decked out in Halloween costumes.

There is another 5k coming up on the MSU campus this Tuesday at 6:30 pm. I believe it starts at McComas Hall, with registration probably about an hour earlier. For those of you mugs you like to run with us, we will be back at the MSU South Farm tomorrow at 5 pm.

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The miracle of birth while running on the South Farm


After the long weekend of running, biking, hiking, and kayaking  at Oak Mountain State Park, I still went for a run on Sunday evening. Physically, I felt fine, so what the hell. Just Steve, Joseph, and I today. Joseph was still ridiculously tired from his meet the day before. Not only the race itself, but getting up at 5 am, riding bus to meet, bus ride back  from meet, etc.  Pretty much fills out a day when the meet is out of town. He was actually worn out before the race, and has not had enough sleep lately due to various projects. So, we took it easy. By 3.6 miles, I was ready to be done! And we were not flying. I was not particularly sore or anything, but had no energy, and even felt light headed. Definitely did not eat enough over the weekend, and half of what I ate and drank was unhealthy! Couple that with the drive over and back, sleeping in a tent, and spending the weekend exercising, and that is what you get I guess. Consequently, today I took the shortcut and only did 5.5 miles. Joseph got in 7 and Steve managed 6. Steve had run 9+ miles the day before. When I got done I was starving! Even so, the run was not terrible.

Monday, Joseph had practice with SHS. Normally, following a race on Saturday, this would be an easy day. He was looking forward to that because he was still worn out. Instead, the team did some kind of 3 mile (plus some) tempo run on the South Farm. Supposed to be 3, but he apparently missed a turn or something and ran probably 5k or more. According to Kamau, he ran pretty fast: sub 5:30’s. They followed up their run with some short hill repeats. I ran about 5 miles while they were doing their thing. First mile was easy, about 7 minutes, next three average 6:30, then 6:58 for the last. Not bad. Saw both Arash and Kyle running too. Crazy jokers.

Tuesday, Joseph joined me as we did a modified fartlek on the farm and XC course. I say modified, because obviously he was tired from the day before and did not have the normal energy level he typically has. We did 4 X 30 seconds, 2 X 2:30, 3 X 3:30, and 1 X 1:00. We did the 3:30’s around the 1000m flat loop of the XC course. Tried to avoid hills today, as we have been running the farm and XC hills quite a bit.  It was obvious that he was tired, as I was keeping up with him. As a result, I was able to stick with that little Jasper today. Even on the 1000’s (3:30’s), which we basically did at tempo pace. I pushed my last one though, and was about 3:15. Of course, your body basically dictates what you can do based on what you have been doing. We wanted to get at least one more fartlek in before his season was over, so we did it despite the hard run the day before. Felt like there was enough time left in the season for one more. He seems to get a lot out of both fartleks and tempos, and his team does not do fartleks and only recently started doing tempos.

Well, more bad news for someone wanting rest, Joseph’s team had another hard workout on Wednesday.  3 X mile repeats at a tempo pace, which Joseph did around 5:24, and followed that with more hill repeats.  Wow, three workouts three days in a row, and after a hard race on Saturday. So, 4 out of 5 days hard!!! Probably not good. He will be tired for the race this weekend.  I ran 9.2 miles with Kyle at a 7:30 pace. Very easy today at that pace. Arash ran some of the way with us and finished up with 6 miles. While running, Arash witnessed a calf being born! Seriously. How Crazy. He was like, “dude, something was hanging out of the cow, and it was moving”. Went back later and got some photos and videos of the newborn calf trying to walk about. Cute little calf and a pretty momma. Arash is a nut, and seems to witness strange happenings on a regular basis.

new born calf

As we were leaving the farm there was a nice sunset. So, yeah, took a photo that did not do justice. Here it is anyway. Beautiful!

Did not get to run on Thursday, but instead worked on treehouse after work. Joseph had practice with the team. Easy run of a few miles, don’t know the pace or exact duration. Then Homecoming Dance. On Thursday? What’s up with that? On Friday, got about 4-5 miles at 6:25 pace in around the MSU XC course while the SHS team was practicing. Then, parents of runners had to meet to get ready for the Starkville Invitational the next morn. I was to oversee folks on the course who needed to move ropes, etc.  Did not leave until 6:30 or so. Joseph was dragging like a dead fish. Smelled bad too. They did not practice hard or anything, he just needed a break, a nap, or something. Maybe next month.

Got up early Saturday morn, dragged the kid out of bed, and headed for the Starkville XC invite. Supposed to be 19 teams present, but not sure if they all made it. Among the better ones were Starkville (obviously), Pearl, and St. Andrews. Starkville dominated the varsity races winning both girls and boys.  Quite a coup considering they were facing their 5A nemesis Pearl who has won more state meets than I have toes and fingers. Kate Mattox once again (no surprise here) won the girl’s 4k race with a time of 14:53.  Kate is really looking solid this year. Taller, more muscular, and she wants to win like a big dog! Second for the team was Anna Jackson in 7th place with a time of 16:59, then Shaunika Musser in 9th at 17:12, Carlo Bohna in 11th at 17:21, Abigail Arinder in 14th at 17:39, and Kelly Coble in 20th at 18:02. Anna is putting it together this year, getting better and better. The girls ran great as a team with the 2nd through 5th SHS runners staying together for a large part of the race.

Similarly, I thought the boys team showed much better team running today than I had seen in a while from them, maybe ever. Joseph and Damian started out in front and pretty much ran the entire together and completely by themselves with Joseph setting the pace and Damian about 2-5 seconds behind. With about 200m left to go they were side by side and Damian out sprinted Joseph to the finish to win the race by 2 seconds. No surprise there, as Damian is a speedy Kenyan-looking joker with a 400m time of around 50 seconds. Damian PR’ed with his 16:51 and Joseph was 16:53. This is a difficult course too. This was a great race for Damian who is finally running a the level he should be at. Definitely not Joseph’s best race, but not bad either, and working together they looked pretty good. Those two are looking to go 1 and 2 at the 5 A state meet in 3 weeks, and their chances are good as Joseph is ranked 1st and Damian is ranked 2nd in the state 5 A rankings.  Similarly, the next few SHS boys ran together for at least a couple of miles before separating. Ethan Musser came in 3rd overall with his 18:01. Excellent!  Stuart Woomer was 6th at 18:13, and Jack “Mr. ACT” Bryan finished up 11th with an 18:49, by far his best time. Next was Aaron “dance-machine” Remotigue coming in 13th with an 18:58, Christian “pretty boy” Kingery at 15th with a 19:08, Nathan “the hulk beast” Gaudin in 23rd at 19:32, which was his best time this year, and Daniel Ruff at 25th with a 19:45. .So, yep, they did a fantastic job. None of Pearl’s top runners broke 18 minutes today, but as a team they were still able to finish 2nd. I can’t tell you how nice it was to beat Pearl as their head coach (our former and VERY dour Track coach) vented at his runners.  Positive energy can be a positive thing. Go figure;)   For full results of the race go to: http://ms.milesplit.com/meets/119706-starkville-high-school-invitational  Also, Starkville Daily News had a nice article about the race, which can be viewed online at http://www.starkvilledailynews.com/node/11690

SHS boys top nine (Nathan Gaudin not pictured): Christian Kingery, Ethan Musser, Jack Bryan, Daniel Ruff, Aaron Remotigue, Damian Grady, Stuart Woomer, and Joseph MacGown

Next Saturday is the Hannah Pote Run for Education, a 5k run here in Starkville. I, and quite a few folks I run with, including many of the SHS runners, will be participating. The race startes at 8 AM at the Sportsplex on Lynn Lane, and the course is flat. If you are in the area, come run this one. You can register that morn from 7 to 7:45 AM.

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Oak Mountain State Park


Pretty good running again this week! Sunday started out well with a 9. 5 mile run on the South Farm and XC course. Beautiful weather helped. Juan, Jorge, Steve, and Brent also came along, but they ran somewhere between 5.5 and 7 miles. Another good one on Monday with Brent. He and I ran around the South Farm and XC again, but this time started in the back. Joseph had another day with two runs, one in morn and then in the afternoon with the team. We saw them running here and there. Today was almost chilly, very nice day to run. I actually wore a shirt! When we saw Joseph, he was running barefoot and had no shirt on. Apparently forgot to bring his shoes to practice. Good thing they were on the XC course, which is grass. When we saw him he had already run 4 or 5 miles. After I showed up, he grabbed a pair of shoes from my truck before completing his run.

Tuesday afternoon, I ran a fartlek with Joseph and Richard McCrory on the South Farm. Had not seen him in a couple weeks. Today, we did 4 X 30 seconds, 3 X 2:30, and 4 X 3:30. Pretty hard running on these hills!

Joseph again ran with the team Wed. morn and that afternoon. He said they did a slowish 3 mile tempo for the afternoon run. He about 17:30 he thought. Not terrible. I ran some short tempo paced runs myself, 1 mile, then 3 X 800. About 5:48 mile pace. Thursday started fall break for Joseph. We went for a nice 6 mile run that afternoon through town. Almost got run over twice! Had to basically vault myself over the back of one car on campus as it stopped abruptly in the crosswalk as we were entering it! Thanks.  But, it was a good run. We cruised along at about 6:30 per mile.

Joseph ran with his team Friday morn for folks still in town. I guess it went well. He was getting ready for the Choctaw Open in Clinton on Saturday. Meanwhile, me and my lovely Audrey Sheridan headed to Oak Mountain State Park for some trail running and Mountain biking. Also paddled around one of the 3 lakes there.

Audrey Sheridan posing in the kayak!

Audrey Sheridan posing in the kayak!

 

Oak Mountain is a 10,000 acre state park in Alabama, and it has some wonderful bike trails! After paddling on Friday, got a good trail run in. Very difficult, as the trail soon became rocky and steep. Sometimes that meant walking. Pretty cool. We started Saturday out biking on the trails. Don’t know how far we went, but a good while anyway. Then, a nice hike up to the falls, and down to the bottom of the falls. Was slightly difficult for Audrey, who had twisted her ankle while running the trails the day before. Later in the day, I got a super fine trail run in. This was on an easier bike loop, so I could actually run pretty good in places. Headed back to Starkville on Sunday after a nice exercise filled weekend.

Audrey Sheridan at falls..

Of course, with me out of town, I missed Joseph’s meet. He did pretty well, being the first Mississipi finisher placing 2nd overall with a 16:45. The winner, Leonel Moreno of Jewel Sumner in Louisiana was 16:37. Third place was Tupelo standout Andrew White.  Joseph was again the first SHS boy with Damian Grady once again the 2nd SHS runner with his 9th place, 17:24 run. Ethan Musser was 21st (18:06), Stuart Woomer was 34th (18:40), and Aaron Remotigue rounded out the scoring with his 48th place (19:17).  Complete boys results are at http://gochoctaws.com/custompages/mcross/2012ChoctawOpen/HS%20Boys%20Varisty.htm. As a team, the SHS boys placed third behind Tupelo and Saltillo.

SHS girls were once again lead by Kate Mattax  who easily won the race with an outstanding time of 14:35! Next for he SHS girls was Walker Mattox in 19th (16:51), Anna Jackson in 24th (17:08), Shaunika Musser in 33rd (17:32) and Abigail Arinder in 38th (17:44). The girls team placed fourth behind Pontotoc, Tupelo, and Saltillo. Complete results for the girls varsity race are at http://gochoctaws.com/custompages/mcross/2012ChoctawOpen/HS%20Girls%20Varsity.htm

Complete results for all divisions are at http://gochoctaws.com/sports/2012/10/13/MXC_1013122946.aspx?path=mcross

Will be running today, again meeting at the South Farm at 5 pm.

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Rain, Rain, dry, warm, warmer, rain, cold


Update on the Corinth Invitational Results are online- http://ms.milesplit.com/meets/120109-corinth-high-school-xc-invitational

Did not run on Sunday!! Rained all day. Should have got up early for a long run. Some of Joseph’s teammates did just that. But, we had some folks over Saturday evening, and yep, stayed up too late! Hoped the rain would be gone by late afternoon, but it did not stop until the next day. Oh well. Joseph’s Monday morning run with the team was cancelled too. He did get to run with them that afternoon. I did not get to run though. I had a reception for my art exhibition at Mississippi State. The show was awesome! Lots of folks attended, including some of our running buds (Brent and Dominique).  So, yeah, the last time I ran was on Thursday!! AHHHH. I did get some pushups and stuff like that in during this time, but that was it. To make matters worse, I was a slug this weekend, ate lots of junk food and binged on cherry coke. WHAT? I know. Slap me.

Tuesday. FInally got to run. Me, Mr. Brent, and Joseph the punk tackled a fartlek run on the South Farm. Crazy awesome with the hills.  Today we did 1 minute, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 4 minutes, 3 minutes, 2 minutes, 1 minute, 30 seconds fast sections with the same amount of jogging after each. Of course, warmup mile and cooldown mile. Brent and I kept with the punk (almost) for the first one, but as the time/distance spread out, he got farther and farther ahead. Even so, I though we did a good job, especially on the hills. The 4 minute one was killer!! Brent, who had run a timed mile that morning with his ROTC group decided that after the 4 minute stretch, he had had enough sprinting, and he jogged back the shortest way possible, getting in a total of 5.5 miles. Joseph and I finished up with the 7 mile loop. Tough workout for me, but he said not tough enough. Will fix that next time!

Wednesday, collected traps and bugs at the Scattertown Trail in the Noxubee Refuge. Beautiful hilly upland hardwood forest. I love that place. While walking about through the woods, I stepped in hole that I thought was solid ground and my right leg went into the hole almost to my hip! Stretched out the muscles on the inside of my other leg pretty damned good. Lucky I did not break my leg! Went over to the South Farm about 4:30 for an easy run. The XC team was there doing stuff. I  was curious about my leg, but it felt ok. I ended up running faster than I planned actually. Just did 5.5 miles, but ran a 6:15 pace. That is really pretty good for me on this terrain. Who knows what Joseph did. When I got back, all of his teammates were back finishing up some strides (or as they call them, sprints). I asked a couple of them where he was, and they said, “like always, he disappeared”. He showed up about 25 minutes later, did his 10 strides (about 100m?), stretched a little, and we finally got out of there. He said he felt like he was running pretty well, easy.

Thursday was pretty decent, slightly warm. Did 3 X 1 mile tempo repeats at the Research Park after a warmup run, and followed it with a 1 mile cool down. I averaged 5:55 for the three, which was about what I was shooting for. Did not seem too hard today. Joseph’s averaged 5:34, also about what he was shooting for.

On Friday afternoon, Joseph and I headed over to Moulton, Alabama for the upcoming Jesse Owens XC race scheduled for the next day. We got to the course around 5 pm and jogged it. Fairly easy course really, with only a few winding hills in the middle. Otherwise, its fairly flat, but with a variety of terrain. The course starts in a big field that funnels into a wooded section around a lake, then continues on through various wooded and somewhat open areas. Parts of the course were slightly wet, as it appeared that the area had significant rain recently. However, it was very runnable, and we jogged through in 22:30 very easily.  With only a 10% chance of rain for Saturday, the race was looking good! This is a giant race too, with runners from all over the Southeast and several divisions, including an elite (Gold) division.

We were woken early in the morn to violent thunder and a deluge! Wonderful. Not. So much for good weather. We headed to the course (about 35 miles from our motel) and parked in a muddy field. Would have preferred being in my 4 wheel drive today! Anyway, the course was less good shape than the night before for sure, but not terrible for the first couple of races. Joseph found the rest of his team, most of whom had rode up that morning on the bus.  The first race for SHS was the girls gold division. Superstar Kate Mattox again raced well coming in 3rd in this elite race with a great time of 18:24! Kate received a medal and tshirt in a ceremony later (top 15 got medals and top 50 got shirts in the elite race). Basically now, every time Kate runs, she is finishing in national elite high school times. Not bad for an 8th grader. She has been good since I first met her when she was in 3rd  grade. If she can keep this up through high school, she will be an amazing runner. In fact, right now, she could run for many colleges. A very competitive young lady. She wants to win. Loves the competition. Kate was followed by Walker Mattox (83rd, 20:56), Shaunika Musser (106th, 21:22), Carla Bohna (136th, 21:51), Carys Snyder (144th, 21:26), Anna Jackson (156th, 22:10), and Abigail Arinder (170th, 22:25). As a team, they 17 out of 35. This is a great girls team: fast, funny, and all very nice! The course was getting muddier as the day went, and it did not help that it rained during this race. By the time the race was over, the girls were soaked, muddy, and in some cases bloody!! But, they were really happy, because running in the mud is fun.

Muddy SHS girls after the race

The boys gold race was at 10:40, and by then, the course was ridiculously muddy in many places, and with standing water in the non-muddy areas! The SHS boys did not fair as well as a team, coming in 31st out of 44 teams.  From the start of the race, it was obvious that our boys made a critical mistake in not getting out in front before getting to the turn out of the field. In these large elite races, if you don’t get a good start, then you basically get stuck in the crowd and have no real chance of running your best race (unless you are slow, then you may get stuck in the pack and have to run faster than usual).  None of the guys were where they needed to be by the 300m mark, or really, even by the 100m mark. Of course, lots of the teams in the race have been here before and knew how to get out quick and how to block the path once there. Joseph said early on that when trying to pass folks, runners from other teams physically pushed him back.  And, of course, the mud compounded everything. But, even so, they all ran well once they were spread out a bit, and were passing people left and right.  Joseph once again lead the team coming in 44th at 17:03, respectable on the course today, especially with his terrible start. Also good enough for a tshirt (top 50 got shirts). Last year on a dry day, he was 16:36. I think today with if he got out like he should have, and with the mud, he likely would have been around that same time. Once again, Damian was the 2nd SHS runner coming in 113th at 17:56. Stuart Woomer, who did not run the prior week, was our 3rd guy at 213th at 18:47, then Ethan Musser (246th, 19:10), Christian Kingery (2:55th, 19:11), Aaron Remotigue (281st, 19:32), Alex Ross (302nd, 19:52), and Jack Bryan (335th, 20:27). Despite their times or places, I thought the boys, like the girls, ran great today. Sure, slight tactical errors early cost them some places and time, but today was crazy with all the mud and shoving and slipping!! One thing for sure, they all, and I mean all, enjoyed the race today. Mud equals fun. A good shared, bonding experience. Afterward, some of them waded in the lake overflow to wash some mud off! Crazy day for sure. For complete results go to: http://www.cfpitiming.com/2012_Cross_Country_Season/Jesse_Owens_xc_2012/Jesse_Owens_xc_2012.htm

some of the boys after the race: Christian, Stuart, Alex, Ethan, Damian, and Joseph

Back to it tomorrow, with a run at the South Farm at 5 pm. If you are joining us, note the earlier time.

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