Some might think it’s an overused sports quote, but the MoHi girls have lived this quote the last three years. Three straight State Championships, three different girls lead the charge. The beauty of this team has been its depth. A runner goes down with an illness or an injury and somebody steps up. This group has never panicked, never cared who got it done…just that it got done.
Grateful for an at-large bid to NXN, they headed to Portland feeling they had something to prove, that as Holly Bent would later comment, “third place at Regionals was just a fork in the road”.
And so when the frost settled last Saturday, it should have come as no surprise that again the order of team finishers had been shuffled. Senior Kaitlyn Benner would lead the charge on this day. Kaitlyn’s 24th place team finish came as no surprise, she’s been rock solid all season. But what followed was a pleasant surprise.
Freshmen Holly Bent’s second place team finish in 30th was a mere :05 behind Kaitlyn. For Holly this was uncharted territory. Her highest team finish had been 4th and her time of 18:42 at NXN was a personal best.
On this day, senior Claire Green struggled early urging her teammates to pick her up. That all changed over the last kilometer of the race as she moved up 20 team positions to 46th and urged her teammates to follow her along the way. The kids commented on what a gutty race Claire ran.
Following Claire was freshman Audrey Lookner in 50th place. Audrey also ran her fastest time at the biggest race of the season. Audrey’s 4th place finish on the team was also a first on the season.
Junior Karina Mann finished in 61st place and was Mohi’s 5th runner. It was a solid race for Karina, capped by a sprint to the finish in which she passed 6 runners at the line. Coaches stressed “every position matters” prior to the race. These points mattered as a single point separated Monarch in 5th and Fort Collins in 6th!
Junior Elissa Mann (73rd) and Senior Ashley Litoff (101st) rounded out the team at NXN.
Just :28 separated our first runner from our fifth, the tightest pack time of any team in the championship. The team went to NXN thinking that if they ran their best, they could be a top 5 team. Once again…the girls just got it done.
Post Race Interview
Flotrack Post Race Interview