THERE IS A BEST WAY TO RACE STATE
Check out data below: proves conservative mile 1 splits translate into improved final position.
STATE TENDS TO GO OUT FAST
> because kids are fired up for the championship, it's STATE.... duh!
> because young, excited and inexperienced runners feel like they need to fight for position early
IT IS CROWDED EARLY AND BEGINS TO STRING OUT PAST HALF WAY
....... look at the mile 1 splts and places from state 2014
> GUYS - 60 athletes packed in 11 secs 5:19 to 5:30, 40th to 100th. Our guys at the front and back of the "bubble"
> GIRLS - 26 athletes in 5 secs from 6:24 to 6:29... our girls off the pack of the "bubble"
........ notice how WEST athletes moved up throughout the race
> Biggest pick up in places happened in the 2nd mile. Girls score lowered by 126 pts, Guys by 153
> If you run a smart mile #1 and stay out of trouble, you can move through the field
> This year, becuase there are only 168ish athletes vs 224 historically, moving up will be easier
> Not as much traffic means more places to run, easier to follow tangents, less energy required to move up.
No matter what your hyped up racing instincts tell you, on the state meet course, chance does not favor the bold, it favors SMART, PATIENT ATHLETES who hold something back early and charge after 1.5M!
This isn't just a one year fluke. The best coaches who know the state course have figured out how to run it best and they all preach the same thing. Good news is, there are a bunch of teams who haven't figured this out yet and a bunch of athletes who may know the right thing to do, but who will let their emotions get in the way and make mistakes early they will pay for late..... and we will run through them like an avalanche.