The eagerly anticipated track season officially gets underway tomorrow and marks the beginning of the end of my high school career! From my first varsity sports (soccer and golf in 7th grade) to my senior year, I've been fortunate to experience all the fantastic things that high school sports offer, such as meeting new people, travel to different places, and competing at a very high level. It is rather bittersweet to know that with every high school meet I run in, it will be the last time I compete in that meet, but I am excited to have that opportunity and I am incredibly eager to see what lies ahead in my college years. Before that, however, there are races I am looking forward to watching, people I am excited to compete with, and goals I hope to accomplish.
The 2018 track season promises to bring us numerous fascinating races, and the girls distance events for Class A will be something that I eagerly anticipate watching. Grace and Lauren Ping have had a very good winter, competing in New Balance Indoor Nationals, and are clearly already in good shape for a strong outdoor season with Winona Cotter. Of course, we all also remember Math and Science's Tierney Wolfgram (Minnesota's reigning Gatorade XC Player of the Year) rising up to meet their challenge and defeating both of them in cross-country before earning All-American honors at Foot Locker Nationals. Wolfgram will once again look to prove herself as the best in the business as she squares off against the Pings in the 1600 and 3200 meters, and it will be fascinating to see where these three end up. Perhaps even more incredible, none of these young women are sophomores yet! Minnesota is poised for 4+ years of elite high-school women's distance racing.