One week after Prelims, the boys and girls teams arrived back at Mt SAC to compete for a spot in the State finals at Woodward Park in Clovis.
The girls ran first, and despite running their fourth fastest team time (on this course) in the last four years, finished out of the qualifying, in 15th place. The young ladies persisted through at least two (and maybe three) seasons of just missing out on the finals, finally making it on what was the last season for most of the athletes. Congratulations to all of you, but especially the seniors: Emily, Alyssa, Cori, Chloe, Tori and Taylor (and those who didn’t race Saturday, too) – you leave the team better now than when you arrived. I can’t think of a better legacy.
Just a few minutes after the girls finished, the gun sounded for the boys’ race. When a training plan works out, the team is running their best at the end of the year – which is exactly what happened Saturday. The boys ran their fastest Mt SAC team time of the year (and second fastest in the last four years) but finished 10th and do not advance. Well done.
And yet, there is good news to report. Jeff Kirwin finished THIRD, yes third, overall in a GHS course record 14:55 (first Tartan to run sub-fifteen, don’t you know) and will advance to the State Championships as an individual. Congratulations Jeff, you have worked hard to develop your gift and we wish you the best in Clovis. We may not be there in person, but we will be there in spirit (pounding the refresh button on our iPhones and laptops).