Teams that make podium at state:
> Stay healthy and arrive at the starting line feeling good.
> Have a mixture of young fast runners and experienced veterans.
> Have at least 1 and sometimes several "low sticks". Finishing place <=15.
> Have top 5 runners who can average under 19:40 on a fast course.
> Have top 5 athletes who can place in the top 30, sub 20:45 @ state
> Many of these athletes go on to run in college
Why don't girls progress at the same rate as the guys do:
> While maturity is a 100% advantage to young men as they grow, initially the opposite can be true for young women.
> Changes in hormones and body development often require patience. Young women might take a few years to run as fast as they did as freshmen.
> Don't think you can't get better as you age. Look no farther than state champion Liz Galarza who had, by far, her best high school season as a senior.
> So what can you do to be as competitive as possible? Stay consistent and run year round. Work on your total body strength. Eat great, supplement iron and calcium as needed, sleep >8 hours / night. Believe in race day magic.
What happened in 2019 and what does the future hold?
> Ashley, Erika and Izzy rank #2/#5/#6 on the senior list.
> Both Erika and Ashley ran significantly faster than they every had before.
> Ava, Rachel and Caroline #4/#7/#9 on the junior list. All 3 of these girls can run top 10 at state next year if this is something they aspire to do.
> How about Brooke? 23:22 in '18 to 20:51 average in '19? Wow. Just wow.
> We have the most talented Juniors 7A. #2 in the state behind Marist.
> Our team will need Audrey, Hannah and Sophia to step up next year.
> 2018 result math projected us 5th in 2019 and we did one place better at state.
> 2020 projections off 2019 results show us 4th next year at state. We can accomplish this and even better, but if and only if our girls are committed to improving in all areas.
> Mental, physical and emotional gains come through a decision that each athlete must make. Improvement doesn't just happen. It takes work and dedication.
> Can we be in the hunt for Area and State wins next year? YES. But to do so, we will need to make big gains over the winter in terms of our total body strength so we can do the level of training necessary to be the best.