Cold and wet conditions lended a hand to both nerves and excitement in the final practice days leading up to Regionals.
I gathered the girls at our next to last practice and we addressed goals and dreams that were within reach.
At our final practice, I did an about face and put together a 13 item scavenger hunt. This aided in team bonding, simple fun and lots of laughs.
Having 2 of 4 runners that had experience on the Shepherd XC course made a fun time as we warmed up to prepare for the event- seeing the small white particles coming down simply added to the excitement.
Running in a field of 52 Division 4 Varisty girls that included teams from Beal CIty, Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart, White Cloud, Breckenridge, Marion, Montabella, Crossroads, Coleman, McBain Northern Michigan Christian, Vestaburg and Merrill, the Young Cougar Fab Four Freshmen soared to earn personal season records and a trip to State Finals.
Amelia Thompson 2nd overall, 1st place individual
19:43. PR. State qualifier! State is Nov 7.
Jackie Cole 27th overall, 8th place individual
24:38 PR. Missed state by one place and 20 seconds
Kaitlin Buys 28th overall, 9th place individual
Samara Turner 30th overall, 11th individual
I am SO proud of these Fab Four freshmen! They all ran so well today- showed their courage, pride and honor in all they did!