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! :)