Raiders…..Welcome in 2022!

Thursday, August 25 2022 - Morris Early Bird Invitational 2021


Raiders…..Welcome in 2022!      Morris Early Bird Invitational    August 24th, 2022

Our journey begins, well, actually it started for many of you in June.  We are training with a new twist. We’ve incorporated 2 cross training sessions per week.  While I think it has helped keep down some routine aches and pains, the injury bug has once again, bit us.  Diana Kalvelage and Eva Vogel were down, but not out.  Thanks for your help with splits and pictures!

On a warm summer day in Morris, the Raiders were nervous, but ready to run!  While not a perfect PR day, Lauren Price, Maggie Riley, and Ava Benes each ran “Meet PRS!”  Ava’s previous best at Morris was run last year, with a time of 33:36.4. All Ava did this time was run a  28:24.2, more than 5 min faster than 2021!  Lauren price ran a 15 sec. PR, and Maggie Riley, while running a PR, would rather forget about her past performance!  The Raiders also featured 4 sophomores who made their Cross Country debuts.  Lexi Izaguirre led this group with a Top 15 finish on the JV with her time of 27:10.7!  Ashleyn Andres, 29:56.7, Mariela Flores, 30:51.1 and Maria Aldama, 35:31.2, all started, and finished their very first Cross Country Race!  Congratulations girls, you now have something to build on!  Top 6 finishers for the Varsity Raiders were Lauren Price, Taylor Koenig, Mary Kate Pinkleman, Maggie Riley, Madelyn Weber, and Ava Benes.  Taylor came close to running a career best with her time of 23:40.5.  We have work to do but we remain optimistic! 

"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender." - Vince Lombardi