What a great evening of racing! Our 4X800 started things out right by exceeding my expectations. The relay of Halie, Tori, Ana, and Joseline ran faster than I had anticipated, finishing in 11:17 and looking competitive in their heat. Soon after, Kimmy toed the line for the 1600 and ran an outstanding race. Not only did she run a lifetime PR of 5:39, but she looked tough from gun to finish. Mary, not to be outdone, also ran a gritty race in her heat of the 1600 and also set a lifetime PR of 5:59. We used our wildcard entry in the 800, so we had three bees racing: Ana, Peyton and Karyn. Ana looked good in her second effort of the day, finishing in 2:49. Karyn made quite an impression by shedding considerable time from her previous best and finishing in 2:56. Peyton was only steps behind her teammate, finishing in 2:58 and breaking 3:00 for the first time since sophomore year. All three women looked focused and followed through with their race strategies. in the 3200, Maira battled with a poor choice of hip-wrap-material; the silver lining of the race was that she showed poise and courage as she competed in this grueling race.
Overall, this meet made me anxious to see what you call can do when we get outdoors to a real sized track! I am extremely proud of ALL of the performances of the day. Let's keep moving in a positive direction during spring break practices!
Special thanks to the alumni who came to support our bees. Not only did their cheers help our team feel supported during each race, but their presence also showed that we are always LINKED. It was also great to see Coach Victor Reyes working with his athletes at Harvard High School. Another former bee who is permanently "linked" to running! Finally, a shout out to our timers for the day: Karli and Lindsay (with the help of others who were done running for the day)...they made sure we had our stats straight! :)
We were lucky to be invited to this triangular meet; every bee got a chance to test herself against her training and her competition. Although the track itself was peculiar (underground with tight, banked turns), we welcomed the opportunity to finally race. I was pleasantly surprised with our collective performances. The newbees definitely learned a lot and competed with pride. The veterans stepped up both in performance and in knowledge-sharing. I hope that we return next year!
There were several highlights from the meet. First, the following bees successfully competed in their first high school track meet ever: Tiffany, Daysha, Karyn, Mary, Sam, Jocelyne, Jocelyn, and Jayme. They handled the "newness" and uncertainty of racing with grace and tenacity. Nice work!
The most solid performance of the meet came from Halie: she doubled in the 4X800 (2:50 split) and the open 400 (71) and looked aggressive and focused in each race. In the 1600, Kimmy officially broke 6:00 and Tiffany had a huge break through with a time of 7:54, well below her previous timed-mile-best.
Overall, I was pleased with our efforts in this meet, and I cannot wait to see you