Saturday called for blue skies and 60 degree weather- great conditions for racing. The girls 2A Mid-East Regional meet took place on a tough course at Wake-Med Soccer, the course is more commonly known as the ‘Adidas’ course to XC runners and is a grueling 5K starting at a downhill following with rolling hills until the first mile. The second mile contains the infamous 1000m gradual uphill and a slight downhill before going into more gentle hills. The third and final mile concludes with the 1000m hill a second time into the finish.
The girls team and I were confident that we could capture the regional title despite our loses in the County Invite and our Conference meet title. The virtual meet for our Mideast region on Milesplit predicted our team would come in 2nd to Carrboro. However, before the race we were nervous but prepared, we toed the line excited and with the image of standing together holding the winning plaque in our minds.
My first mile was fast as expected (6:02) but I knew I could hold on. The only thing I admire about the WakeMed course is the silence it bestows when most of the race is back in the woods.
The second mile was really tough but I kept my breathing composed and the objective (to win!) in my mind. I ran alone for about 3 miles of the race until my teammate caught up and ran beside me to finish. As I neared the finish I saw a girl not 5 feet in front of me that I knew- if I sprinted really hard – I could pass her. I did pass her in the end and was VERY happy with my finish. I ran a new PR of 20:18 and was exhausted by the finish.
My teammate calculated the girls team scores and had concluded that we had won, and once the girls team discussed how our races went and who was ahead/behind who we also figured out that we should have won. As we sat down for awards we learned we had run new PR’s as the times and places were announced (6 out of the 7 varsity girls ran sub 21!). And sure enough the girls team had won!!! The DSA boys team had also won with one of our boys surprisingly winning the race!
We packed up and headed home with our hardware and a bus full of happy runners and coaches!
As the DSA team wrap up All Conference and the regular season. The varsity top 10 girls and boys only have a couple of weeks left of our early morning runs through downtown Durham. I love running downtown in the morning, the streets are generally quiet and we get to see the sunrise over the Bull City landscape – going to miss these guys next year! GO DSA!
Today was our Mid-State All Conference at our home course along with Senior night. The conditions were perfect today and our team was excited to be celebrating our seniors after the meet and everyone was quite relaxed pre-race.
I had a great race and a new PR of 20:20 dropping almost 13 seconds from last weeks PR on our home course (20:31) which has always been slow for me. My previous best course time was 21:34 from last years All Conference race and so I was very excited to have dropped 1:34. I came in 4th overall and was happy to be the 2nd DSA girl back, our fast freshman came in 1st and 2 Carrboro girls followed behind her . I was really happy with the outcome, and I really enjoyed my race! Our girls team came 2nd overall for All Conference and our boys won which was great. As a team we won the Sportsmanship award for both girls and boys, so that was nice and pretty much sums us up as a team. It’s been a great season for our team and hopefully will continue next Saturday at regionals and moving forward to States.
I was so pleased to be an All Conference winner for the 3rd consecutive year.
Senior night was a lot fun; we had dinner prepared for us my some great parents- gluten free options galore with the tacos and chicken fillings. We listened to speeches, retold stories of our four years running together, watched the slide show of hundreds of photos which parents had taken over the years, and gave out various gifts. It was a great end to our regular season and my senior year running at DSA.
We are looking forward to regionals next Saturday and as a girls team are up to the challenge of chasing the few points that we are behind on the virtual meets set by NC Milesplit.