Kokomo’s top finisher was sophomore Julynne Spidell with a time of 19:32.9 for third
place. Julynne broke our school record for cross country by 17 seconds today; it was nice to see her get this goal out of the way at this point in the season so that she can shift focus to some other goals. She has put herself in a great position at this point in the season and has another six weeks of training to set herself up for a deep run in our tournament series. She spent most of this meet pushing the pace throughout the middle of the race as the leader and had created quite a distance between herself and the rest of the field. I was proud to see her pushing herself through the second and third mile and leading a small group of girls. She was able to shake off and leave all but one of them who passed her during the last 100 meters of the race.
There were two girls who stood out with their competitive drive and determination today.
Junior Jaylee Copeland missed medaling by two places finishing in 37th place with a time of 22:42. Sophomore Gadea Castano cut over two minutes off of her personal best in 72nd place with a time of 25:27. They are both improving leaps and bounds from week to week and these two have so much potential to continue moving in the right direction.
They need to continue to stay healthy and focus on competing. We are excited to see how low they can bring their times down over the next month.
– Coach Salins