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October 31, 2013

MWHS cross country teams ready for regional meet

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“We can all be together and all strive for the same goal of advancing to the stet meet.”

Pearcy said she will also “dance with who brung her” at the regional meet.

“My strategy will be the same as Karessa’s – get out fast and stay ahead of the pack,” Pearcy said. “It will be fun to compete at regionals as a team.”

MWHS head cross country coach Jackie Harvey explained why getting a fast start is so important at Mae Simmons Park.

“In this race you want to get out in front from the start so you can position yourself to run at the top (of the pack),” he said. “The big hill is on the first part of the course about 150 meters into the race, and you don’t want to wear yourself out on the first part of the course.

“That hill separates the runners, making it more important to get into position and not get pushed to the back.

“Both Karessa and Alex get stronger as the race goes on, and they have a good kick at the finish.

“They have been on this course before and know it well.”

The coach has also noticed the improvement of his other runners. Katlyn Rivera placed third overall at the district meet, with Raeann Rivera placing sixth, Ragland eighth, Martinez 10th and Otwell 11th.

“I also feel Katlyn, Yesenia, Raeann, Natalie and Taylor will continue to run well,” Harvey said. “They will run their races and I feel they will continue to run as well as they have all year.

“They will all run pretty much the same pace, and the all make the team better.

“I feel like everyone will run their best times of the year.”

Despite the success of the Lady Rams and Rams teams, Harvey said they will all need to turn in season-best performances for the teams to qualify for the state meet.

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