Xavier Cross Country goes to California.

Shannon and her Xavier Cross Country team headed over to southern California this past weekend for the 34th Annual Woodbridge Cross Country Classic. The course was flat, fast and the field featured some of the top High School runners in the nation.

The race was run under the lights in cool weather on a fast 3 mile course. There were about 160 runners in the sweepstakes race. Also a great race atmosphere with a loud and big crowd.Woodbridge CC Classic 2014_09_20-228

The plan for Xavier going into the race was to stay together as a pack and run 6 minute mile splits for the first two miles then blow out the last mile. From where we watched the race we were able to see the girls come by three times in the first mile.Woodbridge CC Classic 2014_09_20-247

Woodbridge CC Classic 2014_09_20-250The pace off the start was fast and the 6 minute mile pace was quickly scrapped. Early off the start line and by us for the first time Xavier was close to the back. By the second time by they had started moving up and the third time by, at the mile mark they were about mid-pack. The race leader and eventual winner, Destiny Collins (ranked number 1 in the country) ran the first mile in 5:04. She had about a 20 second gap on the next pack through. We didn’t get a mile split for Shannon and her teammates but we figure they came through at about 5:40.Woodbridge CC Classic 2014_09_20-262

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The course was great for spectators as they wound through the park and we were able to see them at three different locations. 

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Shannon held strong throughout the race and had a great finish. I think it was her best High School race. Shannon crossed the line at 17:42, a 50 second PR! (Personal record) and second Xavier girl in. Most of the cross country meets that Shannon has been running are 3.1 miles so Shannon’s previous 3 mile best time was in her freshman year. That being the case though if she can run as strong in her next races she should have more PRs coming.

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Sweepstakes results

Video You can see Shannon in the video at: 1:04 far side, 1:39 far side, 2:25 and 7:56.

Race report. Shannon does get a mention.


2014 Xavier Cross Country Season is off to a good start.

Shannon and her Xavier cross country team headed up to Flagstaff this past Saturday for the Peaks XC Invitational. Shannon finished 6th overall and her team won the meet. For this season the team is deploying a pack running strategy. Looks like they nailed it.

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Lining up for the start.

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Early in the pack.

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Still early in the race. Between 200 – 300 meters into the race.

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The Captain checking on her team.

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2014 Peaks XC Invitational Champions.