The Kokomo Lady Kats team finished 12thplace with 276 points in the Orange Race at the Harrison Invitational on Saturday. Our girls had a fantastic day with all seven runners finishing with season best times. We have a few girls that have been dealing with some nagging injuries over the last few weeks, we backed them off a little this week and they responded in a BIG way.
Junior Julynne Spidell led the way for Kokomo finishing in fourth place in a time of 19:34, only two seconds off of her own school record from last season. Julynne has had a fantastic start to this season and everything is really starting to come together for this middle stretch of the season. I have a feeling that she will have a breakthrough race within the next few races. I am very encouraged on her progression up to this point and now it is time for her to really make a statement.
We had four girls who really stood out and finished within a minute and a half of each other, while competing and setting significant personal or season best times. Sophomore Sedalia Herrera finished 67thplace with a time of 24:30, senior Jaylee Copland in 74thplace in 25:02, junior Bri Bautista in 83rd, and sophomore Emma Nelson in 86thplace in 26:01, all had a breakthrough meet.
These four girls have really been working hard, and it is nice to see them setting personal best times at this point in the season. This group helped cut 58 seconds off our season best gap time between our number one and number five runners. We will still need to cut a few minutes off of this by tournament time to finish where we want, and I know that these girls are motivated to get the job done.
We also had junior Kylie Lewis and sophomore Lindley Abney finishing in times of 27:44 and 29:25, respectively. I am happy to see these two building confidence and each cutting a significant amount of time off of their season best. These two girls have really made me proud of the progress that they have made up to this point and I know they will continue to make the improvements needed to help throughout this season.
We will have a tough week of practice and I would like to see all of our girls setting more season and personal best times at our next meet. We will run the Wildcat Classic in Marion this Saturday. Send your support with our Lady Kats!
– Coach Salinas