It was, in a word, fantastic.
After the CYO season concluded, she ended up getting 3rd among 12-year-old girls at the CCCNYC National Cross Country Meet in Nashville, TN on November 22 running with her club team. The full video of the webcast is up on YouTube and the link is below. She ran an extremely smart race, going from about 15th just before the mile mark (3K race) to 8th with about 500m to go to third (fourth overall) at the finish. She was pissed she got nipped at the line, saying, “That’s not supposed to happen to me. I do that to other people.”
I own a signal cannon that we use to start races (Craig Virgin fired it when in came into town last year for our CYO City Meet) and I was asked to haul it Nashville to start those races as well. They actually mention it at the start of the webcast.
We then found out that AAU Junior Olympics Nationals are being held tomorrow in our own backyard in Lawrence, KS at Rim Rock Farm, one of the best CC courses in the country, IMHO. It’s where the HS state meet is held, so Sarah couldn’t pass up the chance to run it as well. She runs at 11:00 tomorrow, and my cannon will once again be used for the start. I’ll keep you posted.
Here’s the video. She shows up several places but gets mentioned by name (with a slight mispronunciation) at about the 11:27 mark. Several of interviews after the race, but none with her.