I remember my first race, lining up and getting ready to run I was so nervous. I remember the older girls coming over to all us new runners and wishing us good luck and I remember feeling more excited for the race afterward.
The athletes of the meet for Hillsboro were 8th grader Megan Peck who took 20th in the varsity race and was our 6th runner for the team and Freshman Jacob Newton who put in a lot of work in the off season that is starting to pay off. They both did amazing and I'm excited to see them improve even more as the season goes on.
Meghan Allan - Junior Captain
Following Grace's blog post, I can't believe that so many people's last first meet just happened! In fact, I can't believe that we already have a good portion of the season over with! I mean really! Our new runners now have official meet experience! Nobody (except for a few people that weren't able to run the first meet) can say that they are new to cross country anymore. We now have a team made up of runners. Sure there is plenty to learn, but that goes for everyone.Hillsboro has always been my favorite meet. I said it last year in my blog post, and I'll say it again and again. I'm not sure if its the excitement of first racing again and seeing the improvement made over the summer, or the fun course, or the AWESOME shirts they give away. It's probably a combination of all. I'm not joking about the massive improvement seen. Even Top 5 runners were cutting off entire minutes! (Richie and Emery if you were wondering)
Veteran runner PR's though are never quite the highlight. What every long standing team member really wants to see is some new excitement. Everybody wants to see what new prodigies we have. We certainly have several, and this is just on the boy's side. Middle-school runner Ryan Meyer placed in the top ten in his race. Every single person that beat him was a freshman in high school, so really, Ryan ran the fastest middle-school time at the meet (and now has the fastest boy's 3k time on the team). I think it's safe to say that he is going to be helping us quite a bit throughout his career.
There were so many other fantastic performances... I just can't narrow it down. The boys victor of the Captain's Sword and the Victor's Shield this week was Richie Osborn. Richie cut off almost an entire minute, which is absolutely INCREDIBLE, considering that he was already an All-Conference runner.
I really can't wait to see what happens at the next meet on Thursday!
-David Hettich, Sr. Captain