The Lady Kats cross country team ran in the Gray Race (large school) in t he Wildcat Classic at Indiana Wesleyan University on Saturday, September 12th. The young Lady Kats finished ninth of 17 teams with 275 points in our race. I am extremely proud of our girls in the humidity; we had six of our seven girls run season best times.
Kokomo’s top finisher was junior Julynne Spidell with a time of 19:44 for second place. She has put herself in a great position at this point in the season and has another three 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 had created some distance between herself and the rest of the field. I was proud to see her pushing herself through the second and third mile and finishing strong down the stretch. She has been very consistent with her times up to this point, but will need to get out of her comfort zone a little more to reach her goals for the season.
Our 2-5 girls stood out with their competitive drive and determination today and passed a lot of girls over the second half of the race:
• Sophomore Sedalia Herrera – 71stplace; 24:15 (cut 15 seconds from season best)
• Senior Jaylee Copeland – 77thplace; 24:26 (cut 36 seconds from season best)
• Junior Bri Bautista – 98thplace; 25:05 (cut 45 seconds from season best)
• Sophomore Emma Nelson – 105thplace; 25:30 (cut 31 seconds from season best)
These girls helped us bring our gap time between our number one runner and number five runner down 41 seconds to 5:46. We still need to get our gap time under five minutes to be competitive and under four minutes to reach some team goals. They are all improving leaps and bounds from week to week and these young ladies 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.
I was extremely impressed with the sixth and seventh varsity runners for our team who cut off a significant amount of time from their previous races:
• Junior Kylie Lewis – 125thplace; 26:53 (cut 51 seconds from season best)
• Sophomore Lindley Abney – 151stplace; 28:59 (cut 26 seconds from season best)
Our Lady Kats will be at the New Prairie Invitational next Saturday the 19th.
– Coach Salinas