Desert Twilight XC Festival 10-03-2014

The Xavier Gators returned to Arizona with great confidence after their strong performance in California two weeks prior.

The Desert Twilight Cross Country Festival is Arizona’s largest and most unique cross country meet. Raced under the lights on a flat and fast course. Desert Twilight attracts schools from across the nation. This year there was a big presence of schools from Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. The same course will be used in a few weeks for the Nike Southwest qualifier.

Shannon again ran in a Sweepstakes race which had 21 teams and 152 girls. Shannon again showed good form and strength. Shannon finished 22 overall, was the 2nd Gator in and had 41 second PR! The Gators finished second.

Shannon’s time on the 5K course was a 18:12.67. Full results.

Desert Twilight 2014_10_03-179Warming up.Desert Twilight 2014_10_03-176Shaking out the legs

Desert Twilight 2014_10_03-191On the starting line receiving instructions.Desert Twilight 2014_10_03-195Shannon’s biggest fan. Heading to the other side of the course for the start.Desert Twilight 2014_10_03-204And yet more instructions.Desert Twilight 2014_10_03-211And they are off. Desert Twilight 2014_10_03-228Shortly after the start and near the front.Desert Twilight 2014_10_03-236Early in the race with teammate Jane Miller.Desert Twilight 2014_10_03-293Moving up through the pack.Desert Twilight 2014_10_03-381Heading to the finishing straight.Desert Twilight 2014_10_03-389Bringing it home. Desert Twilight 2014_10_03-467 Desert Twilight 2014_10_03-508 Desert Twilight 2014_10_03-534With their hardware. Xavier took 2nd. Well done!

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