by karlie bischoff
Many girls on the South cross country team broke their personal records (PR) at the KC Metro meet, leading the team to first place at Conference Oct. 7.
The team’s goal going into Metro was for each runner to break their PR by a minute. The majority of the runner’s accomplished this goal, giving them an even faster time to reach for at Conference.
“Everyone did amazing at KC Metro. There were so many PR’s,” said Lauren Black, senior captain.
Black was especially motivated because KC Metro was her first time not running a varsity race in her four years of cross country. Many other runners also reached their goals and beat their best times.
“I ran about two minutes faster than my fastest time ever, which was at this same race last year,” said Carley Eslick, sophomore.
There were some runners who didn’t reach their PR’s at Metro, only to leave them even more motivated for success at Crooked Creek Park for Conference.
“KC Metro wasn’t my best race, but I’ve been pushing harder this week, and my goal for conference is 19:45,” said Lizzy Jurries, sophomore.
Even though Jurries didn’t make her 19:45 time Thursday, she got third place in the Varsity race.
The meets are 3.1 miles long, a 5K. Many of the runners said they were beginning to feel more pain in the races, as they were pushed harder to run faster.
“Running faster hurts. Make it hurt,” said Coach Pam Lerch.
Lerch was not at the KC Metro meet, but she had all the girls text her their times and was able to see many of the girls running just as fast or faster at conference. For all but 10 runners, the season is now over.
“I’m sad the season’s over, but I ended the season with two PR’s in a row, so I’m glad it ended on a good note,” said Ashley Timmerman, a sophomore who ran cross country for the first time this year.