Earlier this week was Sassy’s very first cross country meet. I was so excited for her. Well, and let’s be honest, me. I had never been to a cross country meet before! I couldn’t wait to see one. Her first meet was at another school and featured five schools competing. It was chilly (we wore jeans and jackets) and sprinkling (we forgot our umbrellas!).
When we first arrived, it was a bit overwhelming. My dad, OMG Becky and I weren’t quite sure where the starting line was, where the course was, where we were suppose to stand or where the finish was. It just looked like people everywhere!
We walked around a bit and were able to answer our questions by watching other people and asking a few others. We positioned ourselves near the finish, once we found out they would be running through that area twice. It seemed like a good place to observe and cheer.
Sassy’s group lined up and then they fired the starting gun and the girls were off!
First they ran diagonally across a football field. And then around the edge of the schools property.
Can you see them along the treeline?
Then they looped back up. Here comes Sassy!
Run, Sassy, run!
Look at my girl rocking her race!
And her BIC Bands black sparkle headband, of course!
She had a good race and I know she was glad to have the first meet of the season under her belt. And her school won the meet!
Yesterday was the second meet. The weather conditions were the exact opposite of the first meet. It was sunny, 93 degrees with humidity making it feel like 99 degrees. Mercy.
This was an invitational with 14 schools participating. I had to do that math on that. It means about 500 kids were competing in eight races (four girl races, four boy races.) It looked a bit chaotic when I arrived. Parents everywhere and kids walking the course.
I immediately found another parent to ask about the course, trying to find the best viewing point. I found a spot that allowed me to see her pass me twice and allowed me to get down to the finish line before she did.
The girls lined up…
And they were off charging up the hill!
It was such a moving cluster!
I couldn’t find her in the crowd. I just kept taking pictures, hoping I would spot her in them later.
Then they ran down around the edge of this field.
Then they had a nice downhill. Sassy was right in the thick of it!
Lots of zig-zagging…
Then down around that field…
And into the finish line!
I have a confession. I feel comfortable sharing it here with you, my friends. I got emotional at both track meets when the first runners came in. I am so happy for them and know how hard they have worked!
Here comes Sassy!
We should find out times today, but I think she did better at her second meet than her first.
During my spectating, I found a race shirt I liked.
I love that Sassy is running cross country. I hope she wants to continue doing it for years to come. I can’t wait to watch her grow as a runner!