Updated: Nov 16
The Middle School Girls' Team completed their season-long dominance by taking 1st place, for not just the Club Championship, but also by taking the Overall State Team Title across all 4 Middle School State Divisions (private, public, charter & club), with a team time average and Florida best 11:52.
(To put this in context, there are 140+ girls teams in Florida, of which 61 made it to States, and our ladies took 1st overall)
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These girls did not take anything for granted and each girl put in their best effort, most getting close to or getting a new PR (personal record), in order to help their team to the top overall spot.
This Girls' Team is stacked top to bottom with talent, hard work and dedication; each girl pushing and encouraging each other to be the best they could be at this event.
Great job ladies !!
The girls accepting their 2 Team Trophies (1st Place Club & 1st Place Overall)
The Girls' Medal Winners include:
Alex Palekar: 11:16:71 -- 2nd Place
Gianna Gallego: 11:36:86 -- 5th Place
Emily Pymm: 11:42:71 -- 7th Place
Victoria Zea: 12:21:44 -- 20th Place
Alex, Gianna, Emily & Vicky
Alex Palekar: 11:16:71 (previous 11:25.50)
Gianna Gallego: 11:36:86 (previous 11:51.71)
Emily Pymm: 11:42:71 (previous 11:54.13)
Victoria Zea: 12:21:44 (previous 12:35.00)
Isabella Kovacs: 12:41.81 (previous 12:45.76) - and this is Isabella's first Championship experience !
In a few examples of just how strong our Girls' Team is:
Ellie Morgan ran a solid 12:27.23, just missing her PR by less than 2 seconds and just missed the podium but came in a strong 5th for her team.
In the Open Division, McKenzie Ferdine took 6th Place and Maya Tuttle, in her first XC Championship event, had a new PR of 13:25.86 (previous 13:33:98) and just missed the podium by 2 spots.
The girls sporting special "1st-Overall-Swag"
Coach Crate getting the MS Girls ready