PM: 8.25 mile after school gully run with my team. Jake took the boys a bit further for 12 miles as I had to leave to pick up Andy. Thanks Jake!
Just a little bit on how my Alta boys raced yesterday....
I have a bit of a strange team this year but it's been one of my most satisfying seasons as a coach and one that I'll remember with a lot of pride. Last years team was solid - winning the region championship and taking 5th at the Utah state meet. Since I lost 4 out of my 5 scoring runners from last year I worried that lean times could be ahead this year.
But Kramer Morton was returning and he's not a bad place to start. We've cobbled together a tough team made up of refugees from the football team and first year sophomore runners. They struggled early but have kept working hard and emerged yesterday as a state calibre team.Kramer ran 15:12 on the Cottonwood Complex course to set a new course record. I'm sad that my time with him is coming to an end but we have a lot more to achieve.
Bingham is the U.S. #18 TEAM AND MY BOYS NARROWLY LOST 34-42. Article with typos here
As a matter of fact, I compared their times from yesterday with the times my 2008 team ran on the same course and my 2008 boys edged this years team 27-28. This is impressive because my 08 team won the state championship and advanced to Portland for NXN.
Each team has its own character and trajectory. This years team is rapidly improving at the right time. We have set the admittedly tough goal of finishing 2nd to American Fork (U.S. #3) AND QUALIFYING FOR NXN.
That's right, I said it!