I’m curious, if it was flat, what made it hard? I’m not saying it can’t be. I’ve run on X-C courses with lots of turns and/or very soft surfaces that were hard.
State X-C for Minnesota is next Saturday. It’s about 30 minutes from my house and I’ve gone the last 2 years. One of my friends has a daughter that has qualified individually those years and she’s running well again after missing T&F with an injury. She’s a Jr. and ended up coming in 2nd at conference to an 8th grader that hadn’t run any meets prior to conference. Yeah, she was a little pissed.
I don’t follow the MN team title that closely but there are some key individuals to watch. In the boys race, 10th grader Elliot Heath has run well all year. You may recognize his last name, he’s the brother of Garret Heath who’s a red-shirt freshman at Stanford. I’m pretty sure Garret won every X-C, T&F and X-C ski race he entered in MN during his Jr. & Sr. years (actually, I think he may have lost one X-C skiing time trial).
On the girls side, 11th grader Elizabeth Yetzer should be strong. Last spring she ran a state 1600m record of like 4:46, breaking Carrie Tollefson’s time. She comes from a very strong running family. I believe he mom was awesome. She has sisters that run at U of MN (Annie) and Colorado State (Rebekah). They’re the nicest, most humble girls too. I actually meet them about 3-4 years ago. I used to live right next to a high school that’s in their conference. I was walking my dog one night and two of them were cooling down from the 3200m. I asked how they did and they said “okay.” Their friend was also with them and chimmed in that they set the school record of like 11:02. They ran together and finished with the same time. I saw Elizabeth at a road race this summer and congratulated her on her state record and she just shrugged it off. Anyway, I hope she wins state, but I have a feeling that some “unknown” will sneak in and beat her. It happens a lot in X-C, especially on the girls side – at least in MN.