This week we had some nice breakthroughs from many of you! We started the week at Warren's new track. While the facility was very nice, it was pretty windy for most of the meet. We didn't care, though...it was just nice to see the sun finally! In the 4X800 we had some solid performances. Joseline got out in a great opening split of 74, and finished with a match of her lifetime PR of 2:41--great job! Rachel and Lindsay ran solid splits of 3:03 and 3:04. Iris rounded out our relay with a lifetime PR of 3:19--nice work!
We struggled a bit mentally in the 3200; all three racers agreed that they let themselves get intimidated by Warren's strong record from XC, leading them to forget about their own race plans. I know that they all learned from this race, though. ;)
In the 800, Cora electrified our team with her early and dramatic lead. She looked like Cora from the end of XC...dominating the field! She finished with a lifetime PR of 2:51--outstanding! Yazmin was in the same heat of the race and also came away with a lifetime PR of 3:30--great job!
In the 300 hurdles, Riley had a great race and ran a lifetime PR of 56. I know she will continue to chip away at that time!
There were two heats of the mile as well. In heat one, Rachel went out strong and looked like her old cross-country self. During lap three, Karielle woke up and realized she could run with her buddy. They pushed each other for a bit before Karielle took the lead of that pack. She finished in a lifetime PR of 6:45 and looked like she had more to give! Rachel finished in 6:50. In the varsity heat, Joseline and Tori looked like two women on a mission. They pushed each other throughout the race to produce two lifetime PRs: 6:04 and 6:05. I know that when they revisit this race, they will both crack that 6:00 barrier.
We finished the day strong with two great PRs in the 4X400. Alexis started her relay strong with a lifetime PR of 65. Her form looked perfect! Kaley came back in a later leg to match that time, looking angry the whole way! I was really impressed with these two performances--way to go ladies!
Overall, there were many bright spots, but we need to work on the mental aspect of racing, per our "secret hallway" conversation. I know I will see improvements next Monday! Click here for splits. Click here for 4X400 Splits
On Thursday, Varsity traveled to Grayslake North for the Lake County Invite. Although this meet was a tremendous jump in terms of the level of competition (especially since we did not get to race at the Antioch Invite), we handled the challenge very well. Maira and Lindsay started us strong in the 3200. Lindsay finally broke the 14:00 barrier by running a new lifetime PR in 13:54, and Maira was right behind her in 13:55, only a second shy of her lifetime PR. What I liked most about this race is that neither of you was satisfied afterwards, despite the nice times. I know you both saw missed opportunities to improve...I'm counting on those lessons transferring to your races at Conference next week.
In the 4X800, Alexis ran a PERFECT first lap. Her gradual cut-in on the back stretch was picture-perfect because she waited for the right spot and stayed out of all the jostling in the 17-team pack. I know you can get that second lap to be where you want it to be...Karli was our second leg, and she looked great. She went out in a strong 76 and finished with a lifetime PR of 2:43. Tori ran a more even race, finishing with a lifetime PR of 2:41. Joseline ran a solid race, matching her lifetime PR of 2:41. I know that all four of you can dip into the 2:30s next week--you are ready!
After some nerves got the best of her last week, Kaley ran a great race in the open 800. She went out STRONG, running 33 for the first 200 and going through the line in 69. Tremendous! She finished strong with a lifetime PR of 2:30. I know that she can dip into the 2:20s at Conference if she stays awake in the final 200.
Before the mile, I was really nervous. Both of our milers have been on reduced training and were feeling questionable before the race. As soon as the gun went off, my fears were allayed; these Ana and Kimmy looked great! Ana started the race very strong in a 79 while Kimmy sat back in a more conservative 83. In the third lap, Kimmy made a strong move within the pack, nearly catching Ana. In the final lap, Ana had a stronger kick, running an 89 and finishing in a lifetime PR of 5:59.89 and breaking the 6:00 barrier. Kimmy had a great finish as well, running a lifetime PR of 6:03. After this race, I could not stop talking about it--I am proud of both of you for such GUTSY performances. Way to go, bees! :)
Kaley finished off the day with an amazing performance in the 4X400. After receiving the baton a bit further back than we would hope, Kaley ran a controlled but aggressive leg, pulling us back into the race. Her 65 (matching her lifetime PR) looked great!
Overall, this was a good day, ladies! I look forward to seeing more improvements next week. :) Click here for Lake County splits.
This is a busy week! At home on Monday, we enjoyed some of Mother Nature's Finest...it rained on and off for most of the meet, but many in our crew rose above the rude weather. Kaley started things right, looking like her sophomore version of herself in the lead leg of the 4X800, running a very nice season PR of 2:32; Cora did the same in our other 4X800, running a season PR of 2:55. She looked almost shocked after she heard her time, but she should NOT be surprised! The rest of our relays looked flat...we need to break through in this race...stat! The 3200 featured two newcomers to the race this season: Kimmy and Iris. While both women were tentative about their abilities before the race, I'm sure that they were both pleased after. Kimmy ran a season PR for her first mile in 6:21, and finished with a very nice 13:06. With a few tweaks in the 6th and 7th lap, she will be running some great times! Iris ran a great time of 16:29. During cross, her fastest average was 8:34, but today she ran an 8:14 average...great progress! The other highlights came during the mile. Lydia (7:05), Karolina (6:35), Tori (6:19) and Maira (6:34) all ran season PRs. Nice work today, Bees! :)
Due to Mother Nature's crabbiness, we had to cancel both invites this week. :(
Maira and Lindsay working together in the 3200 @ the Waukegan Invite. Photo courtesy of Mr. Ennesser.
We started the week at home against a very deep Lake Zurich team. Although the score did not end up like we hoped, we had a few strong performances. Halie and Alexis looked strong in the 3200 and got some necessary strength work in. Several women earned PRs in the mile: Olivia, Iris, Erin, and Lydia. Kaley looked smokin' fast in the first leg of her exhibition 4X400, running a 67, while Sabrina was a total soldier and filled in as the final leg for a different 4X400. Overall, we need to work on finishing races like we mean it. Click here for splits. 4X400 splits here.
After a rain delay, a missing bus and a late arrival, we showed up to McHenry on Thursday in order to improve some PRs. The 4X800 looked a bit flat after Halie's solid lead leg (great first lap, by the way!). I know this group is a bit banged up, but as we head into more serious races, we need to raise our game! Lindsay and Maira both ran PRs in the 3200 by running gutsy races. Maira started strong by running a season PR for the first mile (6:35) and finished in a very nice 13:54. If she cleans up her sleepy lap and adds on a shifter-kick 8th lap, I know she can shave off more time. Lindsay battled a girl from Fremd most of the race (kindly aiding the Fremd runner to a PR) and shed 5 seconds from her best, finishing in 14:04. I know she will see the 13:00s very soon!
In the 800, Kaley started strong and set the tempo for the first lap. Smartly, Alexis worked her way out of a box, and by the home stretch of lap one, the two Bees were working side-by-side to hold off Fremd. On the back stretch, Kaley's experience showed as she pushed to hang onto the Fremd girls; she finished by shaving off one more second from her season PR, finishing in 2:38. Alexis had a great learning experience in the final 250 meters, and I know that she will use this race to fuel future ones.
In the mile, Peyton and Ana-Joseline got out well for the first lap, and their half times were solid. They both need to work on laps 3 & 4 to get their times to where they should be. Peyton matched her season PR, and Joseline set a season PR of 6:27. I know that each of these women can drop more time...a few more racing opportunities should help! Click here for splits.
Good news--we have a new invite for our schedule! Although this meet is small (6 teams), it is a nice transition to outdoor competition. The weather was a bit brisk at first, but the day ended up being rather pleasant once the finals began. Click here for splits.
Our 4X800 exceeded expectations with four season PRs! Halie started us out strong with a 2:42 and a second place position. Tori took over and ran a lifetime PR of 2:46. Karli also ran a lifetime PR of 2:49. Joseline brought us home with a season PRo f 2:47. All four women competed and looked aggressive throughout their races--a great way to start the day!
In the 3200, Lindsay and Maira busted their season PRs in the mile (again) and continue to look strong as a duo in this race. If they can work on running even splits, I know they will both have some nice breakthroughs in their overall times.
In the 800, we went 1-2 with Alexis and Kaley's fine performances. Alexis lead the race from start to finish, going out in a strong 70 seconds for the first quarter. Kaley was not far behind in 72, and came close to catching Alexis in the final meters. Alexis shed another second off her lifetime PR to run 2:37, and Kaley ran a season PR of 2:38. Nice work, ladies!
The 1600 also provided some season PRs in Ana and Peyton's races. Ana had a great race, duking it out with a young woman who was unclear on the "you can't run inside the white line" rule until the last lap. If Ana can learn to close that last lap, she will be the first to earn a "Sub 6" shirt this season. Peyton had a great start to her race, looking strong at the half (3:07), and finishing with a great last lap. If she can get that tricky third lap, she will have a lifetime PR!
Finally, Halie made her debut in the Varsity 4X400, running an aggressive race and handing off the baton just shy of first place. I know she will continue to make the D-Crew proud in this relay!
Overall, great work today, ladies! Let's keep growing and learning from each race. :)