Our boy's team came up with another big win today, this time at the Josh Ruff Memorial Invite. Led by Elias' 2nd place, Matthew's 4th place, and Luke's 6th place finish, The Hawks held off a very strong Buffalo Chips team to win 55 to 62. Charlie and Lou finished 19th and 33rd, strongly rounding out the team's scoring runners. Ryko finished in 46th place, and Owen was our seventh boy at 52nd place - a great effort for his first XC race.
On the girl's side, the Hawks once again placed fourth overall, which is incredibly impressive given that, in an "8th grade and under" field we fielded a team comprised of one 8th grader, one 6th grader, two 4th graders and a 2nd grader! Adeleine once again led our field with a 12th place finish, followed by Tahlia (26th), Sonia (29th), newcomer Gabriella Grefaldia (35th) and Josie (55th) to close out the scoring girls. Abigail was tight on Josie's heels at 56th place, and our seventh girl this week was another new teammate, Spencer Reber with a 68th place finish.
It was a beautiful morning on a challenging course and we saw great effort from all our athletes today. We are incredibly proud of each and every Hawk!
Of note, we had a few most improved performances that need to be highlighted. Some returning athletes ran in the 2019 Josh Ruff Invite, and every one of them improved their times, but two athletes in particular demonstrated incredible growth. In 2019, Charlie covered the same course in 12:47 and Sonia ran a time of 15:10. This year Charlie finished in 10:26, improving his time by 2:20, while Sonia ran 12:29 this year, dropping her time by 2 minutes and 41 seconds! These two Hawks are walking reminders of what the coaches tell you every practice - they show up, do the work, trust the system, and the results speak for themselves.
Great work today, Hawks! Let's keep it up. Our next meet will be FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th, at WILLIAM B POND PARK in Carmichael. Please check out and RSVP under the Events tab of the Team App, and let the coaches know if you have any questions.
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