This past Saturday, Sept. 30 the Sacred Heart Academy cross country team traveled to Hilliard, Ohio to compete in the Midwest Meet of Champions, a highly competitive race with teams from all over the country. As the Valkyries near the end of regular season races, each meet contributes to the ultimate success of the team.
The varsity race was led by senior Kathryn Seay, who finished in 60th place with a time of 19:42. Senior Maggie Mitchell followed Seay in 111th place with a time of 20:33. Standout runner of the day included senior Ann Preston Radford taking 140th place with a time of 21:10. This time was Radford’s season personal record.
“I feel incredibly proud of myself and the team in our races,” said Radford. “We worked hard today with pack running and achieving personal record times for the season.”
As for the next race, Radford has big goals in mind.
“I wanted to break 21 minutes at this race, and was only nine seconds off,” Radford said. “My goal for the next race is to break 21, and I believe we can all do this.”
Freshman Katelyn Cornett placed first in the JV race with a time of 20:07, and sophomore Helene Senn followed in fifth with a time of 20:28. The JV Valkyries took an overall fifth place finish.
The Valkyries will race again at the Lexington Catholic Invitational on Saturday Oct. 7 at the Kentucky Horsepark. Follow @SHARunning and @shasports on Twitter for more updates on cross country.