September 15th, 2018

Valkyries finish sixth at own meet

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Conor Revell

Staff Writer

Valkyries finish sixth at own meet
The Valkyries at their tent / photo by Conor Revell

Sacred Heart’s cross country team placed sixth in their own Valkyrie Invitational Saturday at E.P. “Tom Sawyer” Park.

The Valkyries finished with 232 points, Medina’s B (Ohio) team won the event with 119 points, and Independence High (Tenn.) recorded 152 points to come in second.

“You have to go out, conserve your energy, and run smart,” Sacred Heart head coach Rick Heims said. “Why fly out fast and suffer the rest of the race? Go out and be smart. It’s okay to go out fast, but be controlled about it. We ran a smart race today and finished strong.”

Freshman Josie Gilvin led Sacred Heart with a fifth place finish and clocked a 19:53.53, less than 30 seconds behind Phoebe McCowan of Independence who won the event.

“I definitely wanted to pace myself and go out with top girls,” Gilvin said. “I didn’t want to go out too fast because of how hot it was. The third mile is where I wanted to run my fastest.”

Katelyn Cornett was the Valkyries second fastest runner and clocked a 21:00.80 to come in 22nd place.

“You have to focus on your breathing and your form,” Cornett said. “Running in the heat was rather tough. I want to go out fast and then had a tough time on the hills.”

Meredith Barnes (61st), Helene Senn (71st), Erin Haugh (86th), Kendall Knight (90th), and Ella Rueff (132nd) also ran for Sacred Heart.

“We have to get better with our starts,” Heims said. “You’re always worried with how you finish. But you have to hold up after the first mile. It’s a mental thing. This isn’t a training thing. It’s about concentration. I’m happy with their performance, it’s another stepping stone.”



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