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.