Antigo High School Cross Country
FOR ANTIGO TIMES
What a day! All seven ran their fastest time of the season (SR – season record) and six of the seven ran their fastest ever HS time (Jena was only exception).
After a slow start to the season, weeks of building and hard efforts, our brutal home meet, traveling to Minneapolis for the Roy Griak, and a relatively easy week the entire team was able to have their best times of the season with six of the seven setting PRs as well.
Despite the rain and flooding, the team did amazing. I am so proud of them for their resiliency throughout the year and the growth mindset that has continued to serve us well.
As a coach, meets like this are breakthroughs. They’ve been grinding all year and I’m so happy for them.
Next up we head to Northland Pines for another fast course!
Tonight we joined up with the middle school team again for our meet at Northland Pines.
We are still dialing things in before championship season next weekend with conference, followed by sectionals. For example, the amount of time and pace we run in our warm-up, the number of strides, and other aspects are still changing to figure out what works best for each individual.
Tonight started off racing fast in both races. Perhaps it was the new uniforms that arrived today just in time for the meet?
For the boys, the lead group of four runners all going through the first mile under 4:59 which is very fast – too fast ultimately – and our boys paid for that effort in the second half of the race. Logan missed his PR – set last week Thursday – by one second despite his blistering start. While the first mile was the opposite of our race plan, all three boys set mile PRs in a 5km race which is uncommon. Karl finished with another PR dropping even more time this meet.
The girls also started off quickly going through the first mile way faster than planned. Rylee was in the lead group that went through mile one at six minutes. She continued her improvements finishing with another PR of 22:03. Jena, Ellie, and Alyssa all started fast as well and slowed up some, but their confidence and motivation is evident, even after their SR and PR times last week. They know the pace and feel to reach their next goal and I’m excited to see how we stack up in Tomahawk.