Widefield High School Cross Country Team Blog
More Cross Country!
The official season may be over, but that doesn't mean the cross country action has to stop!
Seventeen members of our team will be heading to Casa Grande, Arizona to race in the Nike Cross Southwest Regional meet. This is a super-fast, ultra competitive race and a great experience.
As a tune-up for the Nike meet Cheyenne Mountain High School is hosting the Tomahawk 2-Mile on November 12. Registration closes on November 9 and the cost is $10 per runner. This race is an important part of staying sharp to race well in Arizona! Register and get info at the link above.
There is no greater feeling in sport than to work hard with a goal in mind and then to accomplish that goal. Part of the reason accomplishing a big goal feels so good is because it is so hard. So many things threaten to derail ones efforts. Injuries. Mental collapses. Bad days. The path to "victory" is often narrow and rutted while the boulevard to defeat is wide and smooth.
It is for these reasons that the performances of our team at the State meet this past weekend are all the more impressive. We had 14 runners compete at State. Fourteen runners ran their hearts out and got great results.
The boys had been talking about bringing home a big trophy from the State Meet for over a year. Running against one of the best teams in the nation, we knew it would take magic to bring home the gold trophy. If one were to read the coverage leading up to the meet, one would assume it would take a miracle for us to bring home a trophy of any color. But we knew better. We believed. And, when it mattered most, we performed. A big trophy was ours. It may have been silver, but it is concrete proof that this team is the best Widefield High School has ever seen and that we are among the elite in high school cross country.
For the girls, making it to state was a huge accomplishment. We had already made history by winning the first league title in girls team history. Finishing third at regionals was a great feat. State was icing on the cake. As such, state could have been a let down. It ended up being anything but. Every girl ran a personal course record. No one ran as if they were overwhelmed by the field or the moment. Every girl competed from gun to finish line. And they capped off what was arguably the best season in school history with performances they could be proud of.
History Made, More to Come
For the first time in known history, this past week Widefield hosted their regional meet. Both teams came in with high hopes: The boys were aiming to win their first ever Regional championship; the girls were looking to qualify for State for the first time since 2007 and if both of those happened it would be the first time since 2001 that both teams made it to State in the same year.
As a host, it is important to have things go smoothly for your guests. Everything went very smoothly with the meet itself, but some of our guests may have gone home feeling like we were slightly less than generous as hosts.
The boys started the day by executing a perfect race plan. They started strong but under control and moved up throughout. As we finished, we had 4 runners in the top 11, 5 of the top 18, 6 of the top 20, 7 of the top 24 and 8 of the top 30. Any way you look at it, our boys took home more than their fair share of early places. All of this led to a relatively easy victory and school history.
Not to be outdone, the girls also executed a great game plan. With Durango dominating up front, our top 4 girls showed very well coming through in 11th, 16th, 20th, and 22nd. With her 11th place finish, Caitlyn Anderson became the first back to back individual qualifier for the girls since 2003. Kayler Miles got the job done as our 5th runner, securing a third place team finish and a State berth.
At State this weekend the boys will run with the goal of executing a perfect race, scoring less than 100 points, and bringing home a big trophy. The girls will run with the goal to compete well and get invaluable experience for upcoming future trips to State.
At State the boys run at 9:20 and girls run at 10:40.
A League of Our Own
At the Colorado Springs Metro League Championship meet this past week, Widefield came in with the sights set on getting momentum, growing confidence and earning some team and individual awards. They came away with more than they could have hoped for.
The boys Varsity race got the day started. With a plan to pack run in order to pull the 5-7 runners up to the front group, the boys started slowly but moved up throughout the race. By the end a pack of 5 boys had passed all but one member of the 4A competition, finishing in 2-3-4-5-6. They followed that up with a 9-10-16 finish from their 6-8 runners. Bringing home 7 of the top 10 places and 8 of the top 16, the boys brought home their second straight league title.
The girls Varsity started with high hopes of a potential team trophy, but it quickly became apparent to those counting the 4A places that there would be little competition for the Glads this day. Led by Caitlyn Anderson's second place finish, the Lady Gladiators finished in 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 15th to easily win the first girls league title in school history.
With two major accomplishments already in the books, the JV runners looked to keep the momentum going and did so. The boys took the top 5 spots and both teams took 8 of the 15 ribbons that were handed out.
This week our JV runners wrap up their season with one final race at Monument Valley Park on Wednesday. Boys race at 3:30 at girls run at 4:00.
On Thursday, for the first time in memory we will host our regional meet. Both the boys and girls will be running to qualify teams for State and the boys are running to win their first ever Reguonal Title. The boys race at 3:30 and the girls race at 4:30. The top 4 teams and top 15 individuals will qualify for state. Come cheer on the Glads as they race for history!
On To Championship Season
The TCA Titan Thunder Invitational this past Friday marks the end of the "regular season" for WHSXC. While it wasn't an altogether satisfying end, a win for the Varsity boys (their 4th of the year) and a nice pack time for the Varsity girls portend well for the next phase of the season.
Our only meet this week takes place at Monument Valley Park (PLEASE NOTE, this is a change of location from that previously published.) Race times will be as follows:
Boys Varsity: 3:00
Girls Varsity: 3:30
Open Boys: 4:00
Open Girls: 4:05
Come support the team as we run for League bragging rights!
Please note that on Thursday, October 20 we host our Regional meet at the Community Center. We will put any and all volunteers to work and would love to have great fan support!