Edgewood takes 10th
In the girls Division II race, Edgewood etched its place in school history as the best team of the new millennium.
The Warriors finished 10th overall, matching their highest finish since 1994.
In 1993, they finished fourth.
“It’s a great accomplishment for these kids to have the second best finish in school history for the girls,” coach Steve Hill said. “These girls worked really hard over the last six months and were very deserving of this honor.”
The runners had to face a wet course after the rain from the past week, forcing runners to take it easy around some of the turns, but the slick soil actually played into the Warriors’ strategy.
“We just talked about that once we make that turn, we have to surge out of it and that’s a strategy that we’ve been trying to implement a little bit even on dryer courses,” he said. “So it kind of played into our hands a little bit … it’s something we’ve been practicing all along.”
Edgewood’s top finisher, Bailey Roberts, finished 38th overall with a time of 19:24.2, seven seconds slower than her regional time.
Senior Kayla Bertholf also saw a rise in her time from a week ago. She placed 72nd with a time of 20:01.2.
“(Roberts and Bertholf) definitely ran big races last week, so that decrease in time is a little bit deceiving,” Hill said. “They just ran such an incredible race last week that I think they might have felt a little bit of the effects of it this week.”
The other five Warriors, Lauren Kister, Lydia Randolph, Eve Brunell, Molly Ward and Amiah Diaz all dropped time from last week. Diaz cut over 1 minute and 23 seconds off her time.
“(They) just had a little bit more room for improvement, so I think they came out and showed up for us today, which again is a credit to them that they helped us get to the position we did,” Hill said.
While this team is Edgewood’s best since the mid-1990s, next year’s team is in a position to take it a step further, as Bertholf will be the only graduating senior.
“We always want to get better,” Hill said. “We have a great group of eighth graders, seventh graders coming up the next two years, so our hope is to keep this nice run going for a little bit longer.”
Hill spoke highly of his senior who won’t be around to see the team’s future success.
“(Bertholf’s) an incredible person,” he said. “She’s just a girl who will show up for you week in and week out.
“She’s the team leader, she’s an incredible runner, reliable and I don’t know if I can use any more adjectives to describe her.”