Surprisingly, the weather at this meet turned out to be very cooperative; the sun was shining, the wind died down, and our crew took advantage of the conditions to run some great races! Our 4X800 started things right: Holly ran a 10 second lifetime PR, Jocelyn ran a great first lap to kick the rust off, Lainey matched her lifetime PR, and Ana set a season PR. Overall, we shaved 10 seconds off our relay best, and we looked competitive. Ana closed well to earn our relay 3rd place! Great work to all of you!
With Shayla sick, Melanie was left to represent us in the 3200. Although this was only her second time racing at this distance, Melanie ran a new lifetime PR of 15:06! Nice work!
In the open 800, Lissette went out more measuredly and finished with more strength than she has all season. The result? A huge new PR of 2:46! In the second heat, Ana ran a solid race to close out a great day of work.
In the mile, Lainey went out strong and raced well throughout. She never lost sight of the leader in her heat; in the last 200, she outkicked her to win the heat and earn a new lifetime PR of 6:09! Excellent work! Jocelyn had a great first half of her race and ran a season PR of 6:32. I know that as she recovers fully from her illness, the second half of her races will come back to her. Evidence? Her kick was fabulous!
Finally, Holly stepped up to help the sprint crew by running the first leg of the 4X400. She ran a lifetime PR of 69. Excellent work!
Overall, this was a great step forward for our Varsity crew--lots of mental breakthroughs. Proud of this group!
It was also great to see Amanda Flores, class of 2002. She ran for four years and is one of the originals to earn a link. She showed off her three links on her keychain--once linked, always linked! As we head into another week of racing, remember that you are running for more than just you! Your team reaches back for decades!
@ Home vs. Warren & Stevenson
Mother Nature showed her true colors today, and she showed the newbees what track weather USUALLY feels like. Although the D-Crew had a good attitude about the situation, the day proved one truth: we need to have longer warm-ups on days like this in order to race the way we want. With that lesson learned, there were a few highlights to the day:
In the 4X800, Lainey and Shayla each ran solid legs for their respective relays. In the 3200, these newbees to the race--Jacqueline, Alexia, Helen, Julia, and Syra--all raced with focus and overcame their fears of the race. The open 800 was home to some PRs, including Lissette, Tianna and Angy. Great work, ladies! In the 1600, there were also several PRs, including Holly, Lissette, Shayla, Tianna, Monica, Olivia, and Lauren. Excellent work to all of you!
To conclude the meet, our 4X400 of Lainey, Karyn, Syra, and Jacqueline won for the day! Nice run, women!
Crystal Lake Central Invite
On Friday, we were lucky to travel to Crystal Lake Central to compete in a new invite for our schedule. We were one of eleven teams, and the races were competitive! We enjoyed a perfect evening of running weather--there was NO wind, and the temperature was perfect. I was proud of our D-Crew members who stepped up the challenge of this very last-minute meet!
In the 4X800, Monica, Ally, Alexia, and Helen looked strong, with Monica and Alexia earning lifetime PRs. :) We agreed that it was good to get the nerves out, and we discussed how to attack the remaining races of the evening.
In the 800, Ally ran the same split time as the 4X800 which shows consistency. Alexia peeled off another second to set a second PR for the day! :)
In the 1600, Helen and Syra worked together throughout the race. Syra set a PR for her 800, but struggled to do so overall. Helen, on the other hand, was able to push in the final lap to set a new lifetime PR of 7:01. Although she fell short of her goal of breaking 7:00, I am confident it will happen soon if she keeps running with the same intensity as tonight!
Finally, Monica stepped up with courage to help the 4X400 compete! She ran a lifetime PR in the 400 of 77!
Overall, I am extremely proud of this group. Not only did they ask a ton of questions about invite format, but they seized the opportunity to compete with courage! What a great night! :)
Monday, April 13th--@ Mundelein:
We have been spoiled rotten with great weather so far this spring. With only a slight wind to contend with, I anticipated there would be many great performances on Mundelein's young track. Our 4X800 teams kicked things off right: Jocelyn, despite fighting a nasty respiratory funk for weeks now, looked spectacular--running a split of 2:47; Lainey ran a nice 2:51; Shayla ran a PR of 3:07; Ally looked aggressive in her PR of 3:09, as did Tiara in her PR of 3:00. I was happy to see the progress of this whole group!
In the 3200, Ana took the lead early and kept it to the wire. She looked aggressive, focused, and strong! Lissette and Holly worked in tandem to push each other through this longer race. Their teamwork yielded great results! I was proud of all of the two-milers--I hope the misconceptions about this race have now been put to rest. :)
In the 800, the group looked tentative in general. It was a solid race, but I need everyone to accept that the 800 should be a DASH--let's capitalize on the recent speed work you now have in your legs!
The 1600 was more promising--we had several PRs in this race! Lainey looked like she was on a mission as she set a new PR of 6:11. Tiara matched her PR of 6:42, while Helen set a speedy new PR of 7:05. Jacqueline looked simply amazing as she dropped a ridiculous amount of time to set her new lifetime PR of 7:20. Alexia was only steps behind her in setting a new PR of 7:23. This race gave me chills--even the women who didn't PR looked great!
Finally, in our first 4X400 challenge, the team of Holly, Angy, Julia and Olivia won! Let's see which relay brings it home next week!
Overall, I was pleased with the teamwork of the day. Let's keep growing each meet!
The Weather Channel predicted that the weather would be cold for Saturday's meet, but the bees would not be deterred by a chill in the air!
In the 4X800, Ana and Olivia set season PRs (and Liana matched hers), while Melanie, Holly, Julia and Ally all set lifetime PRs! This is the way to start off a meet! While the 800 group has made some nice progress, our ability to deal with the pain and fatigue unique to this race will dictate how much more time will be slashed from PRs.
While Mary, Jocelyn, and Lainey all ran solid races in the 3200, Tiara ran the race of the day. Not only did she set a lifetime PR for her mile split, but she also overcame her pre-race fears about the race. Nice work!
The open 800 produced three lifetime PRs. Lissette ran a gutsy race from gun to wire. She pushed the pace early and finished with her strongest final 200 meters to date. The result was finally breaking the 3:00 barrier with a time of 2:54. Bravo! Monica was inspired by her teammate and pulled on Lissette's energy. The result? A seven second drop to earn a new lifetime PR of 3:02. Great race! And Tianna looked great with a strong, open stride as she finished with a lifetime PR of 3:08. Great effort, ladies!
Finally, our four runners in the 1600 did a great job of competing, and the times reflected it! Karyn showed her same race-grittiness as Carthage, weathering several lead-changes before outkicking a Waukegan runner in order to set a lifetime PR of 6:07. Her goal of breaking six is coming closer every race! After several weeks of leg-soreness, Tiffany looked strong and free on her way to setting a lifetime PR of 7:08. Shayla and Syra both ran season PRs for the day of 6:47 and 7:19 respectively.
Overall, I was happy to see the you support one another throughout the meet. We need to continue to extend that supportive hand to the sprinters, jumpers, and throwers in order to make our TEAM the strongest it can be!
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