Cardinal senior Megan Maddox isn’t sure how she knocked off a minute from the time she ran a week ago, but she sure hopes to cut into her personal best.
Maddox finished the Frank Gibas Invitational at Kenston in 28th place with a time of 21:20. She ran 22:47 in last Saturday’s Berkshire Early Bird Invitational.
“I have no idea how I managed to take over a minute off my time,” Maddox said. “I was thrilled. I just kept pushing myself all the way through the finish line and it paid off in the end.”
In addition to earning a medal as one of the top 30 placers, Maddox also finished one spot ahead of Kirtland standout Lauren Snyder, who beat Maddox at Berkshire last weekend.
“This race as a whole was a huge confidence booster,” Maddox said. “It showed me what I’m truly capable of. I stuck by Lauren most of the race, but as it neared the last few minutes I was able to pass her and keep my place, which felt amazing. My goal was to get top 30 and to get into the 21-minute range, both of which I was able to achieve.”
Maddox also achieved another goal in the process and now has the inspiration to run even faster.
“My end of season goal was to get on the Top 10 leader board for Cardinal girls’ cross country runners, and this race put me on the board at No. 7,” she said. “Now that I’m on the board, I just need to work my way up.”
Sophomores Jenna Ayer (25:06), Autumn Zak (27:16), Abigail Geesling (27:48) and Hanna Sauberan (27:48) also competed for the Huskies in the girls’ race.
Seniors Brendan White (19:50), Benjamin Lobdell (20:03) and Joey Bradesca (21:08), freshman Gene Henrie (21:09) and sophomore Clayton Sauberan (24:13) represented the Huskies in the boys’ race.