Sunday, November 11, 2012

Race Result: 2012 USATF Minnesota Association Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships

Event: 2012  USATF Minnesota Association Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships
Date: Saturday November 10, 2012
Location: Valleywood Golf Course in Apple Valley, MN
Hotel: Home, sweet home
Weather: 48F, overcast, winds at 10-12 from SSE
Official Results: All Results; Midget Boys Results

Podium Boy Personal Results

Goal: sub-6:20 per mile pace
Actual: 11:59.1 (6:26 per mile pace); note- I had him at 12:09 (6:32 per mile pace) & I think they messed up a time. But we'll take the faster time posted.
Overall: 4th overall (11 total)

Podium Boy wrapped up his 2012 running race season by participating in the USATF Minnesota Association Junior Olympic Championships. Competition was held in six age groups according to birth year.  The top 10 individuals and top team in each gender-age group qualified to register and participate in the National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships to be held at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on December 8, 2012. Athletes were able to participate individually (unattached) or as part of a USATF registered club.

As we have switched over to concentrating on swim team practices and events, he has been running 3-4 times a week since cross country season ended. Nothing stressful. We just wanted to see if he could end up qualifying for Nationals. We have no intention of going....this year. But we all want to visit New Mexico some day so perhaps Nationals will be held there again next year. 

This had light participation. I was very surprised more kids had not signed up. So I don't know if that had to do with Nike Regionals in Sioux Falls, or that most kids were simply done running for the fall/winter season. Too bad, as this was a nice course. 

Our goal had been to run about 6:20 pace. But this was a challenging course with a couple of good hills interspersed throughout. I think that accounts for the slight difference between the final result and his goal. The weather was perfect for cross country. Slight mist, almost 50, wind not bad. Ground was slightly soggy, wet in some low lying spots. But all-in-all a great day for running.

As point of comparison, in his last 3K Cross Country meet held on October 8, he ran a 12:35. So, while every cross country meet is different so we are comparing apples to oranges, Podium Boy did shave off time over a tougher course.

You can see some of the moisture being kicked up at the start.
The golf course and dreary conditions made for nice photos.
Yes, he got chicked. Nothing to be ashamed of. These girls were solid.
Finishing up. He ran a smart race. 
The course was as viewer friendly as possible. They had a nice double loop at the start so you could see them twice within the first 1/2 mile. And a double loop finish so you could again, see them twice. I was able to motor out to several farther points along the course as well, as this video will show:

2012 USATF Minnesota Association Junior Olympic Championships - Midget Boys/Girls & Bantam Boys/Girls from Brian Maas on Vimeo.

Hey, he ended up qualifying for Nationals. That was the main goal. We can't help if there were only eleven kids so that he only had to beat one to qualify. He ran well, and finished his running season strong. We look forward to 2013.

Podium Boy & that fat old man


They did a nice job with awards. Top 10 got medals and qualified for Nationals. The local USATF body was nice and awarded medals to all 11 participants. 

Midget Division Medalists
A happy Podium Boy
The medal
What Is Next?

Well, it is damn the torpedoes on swim team from now into early March. He will continue to run lightly a couple of times per week but I'm giving him a few weeks off. 

He will continue to hone his pistol shooting and fencing skills as we prepare for a regional Modern Pentathlon to be held on May 18 in River Falls, Wisconsin. He'll be taking a local fencing course in Jan-Feb and then if he decides to march forward, a much more structured fencing course once swimming season ends. If the regional event goes well, then Nationals in Colorado Springs looms large in June.

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