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MC girls XC compete at Carlisle

courtesy of Neil Breneman

The Mifflin County Girls Cross Country team traveled to Carlisle for an invitational that included a deep field of talented runners including numerous teams from other states. It’s an invitational that is a big draw bringing some of the fastest runners. The course is relatively fast featuring one big hill and multiple rolling hills. It actually feels like quite a bit of downhill and has yielded our team some fast times in the past. 

The challenge today was coming off of a meet on Tuesday that the team ran incredibly well. When that happens, you immediately feel the pressure to keep on improving; I heard it from the girls when we did the course walk. The other challenge was that although we left Mifflin County at 6:00am to arrive for the earliest races, the Varsity girls didn’t race until noon. That’s a lot of waiting around and gave time for temperatures to heat up.

In the end, I know each of the girls didn’t run like they would have liked. I told them after the race, that although I didn’t want to say it beforehand, it’s really hard to have two incredible races in a five-day period; it just takes that much out of you. If you take away their incredible times from Tuesday, they ran right around what they have been running. We will regroup on Monday and develop a training strategy for next week’s dual meet against Altoona on Wednesday and the Gettysburg Invitational on Saturday.

Scoring for the Lady Huskies:

Amilia Coffey- 22:39

Ava Kratzer- 24:13

Alexis Anderson- 25:22

Mary Kanagy- 26:16

Caroline Palopoli- 26:31

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