I will do that, WiT. She’s been a little slow to engage in the recruiting process but that’s changing quickly. She’s heard from a number of Big 10, Big 12 and SEC schools, and, based on what I’m seeing, I have a feeling that will ramp up quickly this spring if she keeps running the way she is.
Last year was her “transition” year. She stopped growing probably last winter or spring but her musculature hadn’t caught up with her longer limb length yet, so the net effect was that she lost some of her basic speed. Add to that she was on Accutane (which has some nasty side effects, including lowering her ferritin about 30%) and the fact that she STILL PRd in track and won State XC was a great sign for the future. She finally got off the Accutane in August and by October I was seeing signs that her strength was returning and the Accutane side effect were gone.
We talked after XC about the fact that with her growth behind her, it was time to ramp up the strength work to start getting power out of her longer limbs. Her high school coach thought the same thing and she’s been lifting 2-3 times per week and it already shows. Off nothing faster than repeat miles and her strength work, she dropped a 2:25 800 PR the second week in January. Not an indoor PR - an absolute PR. She followed that up the next week with a 5:14 mile in a comfortable win, negative splitting by 6 seconds, all of it coming in the last 400. That was a 6-second indoor PR. But the most notable difference is in how much more powerful she looks than a year ago, as you can see in these pics.
Her goals for the spring are sub-5:00 and sub-10:50, and both seem quite realistic at this point, especially given that she ran 5:06 and 11:01 last year as a soph on Accutane coming out of a growth spurt. I also think there’s a 2:16-2:18 800 in there this spring but she very rarely gets to run the 800.