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WCHS XC Keeps the PR's Coming

It was another great morning to run the races even if it was a hurried morning.  We had some successes and some learning opportunities.  Out of 26 runners this weekend, our athletes achieved 19 new PR's (personal records)! 
Take a look at yesterday's middle school wrapup here:

We love cross country because it is one of the few sports where you get immediate results.  What you get out of it is what you put into it.  In other sports, you may spend weeks in practice and still sit the bench or still lose a game.  In XC, if you're training properly and consistently, you'll see immediate results with lower times soon after. We love the improvements these athletes are seeing from their hard work! 

There were over 400 boys in the Varsity Race today!
Thanks to John Gottlied for taking photos.


  • Our high school runners had 6 new personal records today with Ashton Randolph showing the biggest change dropping 3:42 off his total time from 27:36 to 23:54! Congrats to Harley Johnston, Gabriel Wiles, Kayden Kimmons, Ashton Randolph, John Durfee, and Jackson Hodges on the new PR's!

  • Our high school girls achieved their first total team score of the season with a team average of 34:32. Our high school boys improved their top average time from 26:38 to 25:00. Congrats to the boys team on a new Team PR. That's a huge improvement in 8 days since the last meet! 

Here's 2 things we learned. 

  • Even though parents were in the car line at 7:15am, they just barely made it in time for the 8:00am race. We learned our lesson, next year we leave at 5:00am.  Parents, if you're carrying your student to meets, you need to plan to arrive an hour early to account for warmups and potential traffic. 
  • Runners, eat breakfast, eat breakfast, eat breakfast.  It's called "break-fast" because you are literally breaking your nighttime fast.  Runners should eat at least a granola bar 2 hours before the race.  We still had someone run the race on an empty stomach. 

High School runners, we have our sights set on that Macon County State Qualifier on October 25th. We have 44 more days, a little over 6 weeks, to keep improving to reach our peak.  You can do it! 

Next Meet: Saturday, 9/17 - HS at Crossville, MS at Milton

Check out these great stats from our runners! 

Here's a list of how our middle school and high school runners compare in their 1 mile average pace times.  Eva Everett made the biggest leap forward by four places on the team.
Our average 1 mile race pace among 30 runners is 10:30 per mile. We're getting faster! 

Special thanks to John Gottlied for sharing photos of the runners today. 


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