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 2022 and what does the future hold?
> Portelli 12 on the senior list
> Diego, Cole and Parker top 4 on the Junior list.
> 5 guys crack the freshman list. Sophomore guys on the list with room to improve.
> 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.
> There is absolutely no reason why the 2022 team shouldn't set your goal on winning state. Commit now to our winter training program to reach your true potential.