Teams that make podium at state:
> Have athletes that started running as fast freshmen and ran all 4 years
> Have athletes who are dedicated, consistent year round runners
> Tended to have smaller year over year time improvements
> Have top 5 runners who can average around 16:30-16:40 during the year
> Have top 5 athletes who can place in the top 30, 17:00-17:15 or better @ state
> Many of these athletes go on to run in college
Best West Senior runners in school history have this in common:
> They got serious about running at some point and became dedicated runners
> They ran the winters of their Junior & Senior years (should have started earlier)
> Often made big gains in time (over a minute a year) once they got serious
> The guys who ran track in the Spring progressed best
> Some did not run XC as freshmen or were not exceptionally fast
What happened in 2021 and what does the future hold?
> Trent finishes #3 on the senior list.
> Charlie cracks the top 10 on the senior list is his only year running.
> Diego on track to become West's 1st male state XC champ.
> Several of our freshmen would have made the list if it had been off of PR versus average 5K. This is the deepest, most talented freshmen guy's class in school history.
> Even if you are not on this list yet, you can make varsity! Ask Brett Gammon. He averaged 22:42 in 9th & 21:40 in 10th and placed 4th overall at varsity region as a senior. Keep running! Time and testosterone are your friends.
> As I've told you guys before, you are a predictable biology experiment and the facts never lie in this sport. Math based off track results put us on the podium in 2021 and that is about to come true.
> There is absolutely no reason why the 2022 team shouldn't set your goals very high. Commit now to our winter training program to reach your true potential.