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)
> 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 2019 and what does the future hold?
> Cato #2, Josh #4, Yash #7, Logan make top 10 on the senior list.
> Tyler and Paul are #3 and #5 on the junior list. Both have huge senior year upside.
> Trent #2 on the sophomore list. Will #8 and he is going to make another jump.
> Aidan #5 and Caleb #13 on the freshman list. The future is bright.
> 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 2018 results had us 3rd in 2019 and that is exactly where we finished.
> There is absolutely no reason why the 2020 team shouldn't set your goals very high. You have the ability to podium next year. Commit now to reach your true potential.