ILCA’s Cross-Country Cru’s Mercurial Medal
Beneath the relentless, scorching, late-afternoon heat of an Oklahoman August sun in Tahlequah, ILCA’s Cross-Country team surged forward across what felt like the surface of Mercury.
Leading off the day for ILCA, Meg outpaced dozens of ladies in her 2K, 1.25-mile race to earn 3rd—her third Top-3 finish of the season already.
Indeed, Meg’s stamina and courage while enduring 95-degree weather with a heat index significantly higher proved so strong that she outpaced medal-winning boys this past Thursday, too.
Following Meg’s race, Jacob and Caleb ran solid 4K, 2.5-mile races as well.
Despite the excruciating sunlight, Jacob maintained his consistent record of performances by outpacing more than seventy-five fellow runners.
Displaying his sprinting legs from his hurdling days in Track, Caleb outpaced the group of runners who accompanied him for the majority of the Early Tiger Invitational, running the best final 1/3 mile. In fact, Caleb’s legs sped him away from some of his peers by more than 7 minutes.
To catch a glimpse of the Cross Country Cru in competition, the ILCA community’s next opportunity will be on a cooler morning in Sapulpa: Saturday, September 4th from 10:00–11:00 am at 1611 S. Wickham Road.
All the Best,
Another ILCA CC Medal Glows in the Sun of Norman
Tucked away on the western side of Interstate-35 in Norman, Community Christian School Royals’ soft, green cross-country course may be found, as it peaks behind tall grasses and whispering trees amidst a pleasant breeze.
As the sun continued its ascent on the morning of Saturday, August 21st, ILCA’s Cross-Country team prepared for their second race of the year, aiming to complete another memorable day of running on this enjoyable course hosted by the Royals.
Replicating her brilliant race from the previous week at Wilburton, Meg endured another mile-long race—and once again earned 1st-place. Indeed, only one girl runner from a different sporting division managed to outpace Meg’s quick time on that August day.
Building off of their successful start last week, both Jacob and Caleb outran their times from last Saturday.
Jacob beat his previous best time of the season by almost ten seconds. Caleb, meanwhile, outshone his medal-winning race from last week by eliminating more than thirty seconds from his two-mile time.
All the Best,
A Batch of CC Medals Earned at the Pumpkin Patch
After a summer of hot, grueling preseason practices, the cool temperature and overcast sky on Saturday, August 14th, in Wilburton, OK, assisted the Immanuel Lutheran Christian Academy’s Cross-Country team (ILCA CC) as they successfully competed in the first regular season race of the year at the “Pumpkin Patch.”
For the first time, all of ILCA’s CC members earned a medal at a single meet. . . Way to go Cru!
In the Middle School Girls’ 1-mile race, Meg sped to the front in the opening 50 meters of the race—and never looked back. In fact, Meg did not just win her race—she outpaced all of the other runners by more than a minute, as she blazed a trail to her fastest 1-mile time of her Cross-Country career: 6:20.
In the High School Boys’ 2-mile race, Jacob sprinted to join the leaders at the front—where he remained for the duration of the race. Indeed, Jacob earned a Top-3 finish!
Moreover, after showing ample improvement throughout his first year in Cross-Country last year, Caleb willed his way to his first Cross-Country medal of his career on Saturday, earning a Top-20 finish.
Besides practices, ILCA’s CC runners participated in preseason races last month, which contributed to their success at Wilburton on Saturday.
On July 17th, Meg finished in 2nd place for her age group at the Porter Peach Classic 5K. A couple of weeks later, Meg again earned 2nd place for her age classification—all while outrunning 400 other youths and adults in the 5K at the Bedlam Run.
Joining Meg at the Bedlam Run on July 31st, Jacob finished in 12th place out of 448; way to go, Jacob!!
ILCA’s CC team will travel to Norman next Saturday for the meet hosted by one of our Godly, Oklahoma neighbors: Community Christian School.
ILCA students and their families can cheer on their Christian brothers and sisters at local, Tulsa-Metro area, weekend meets soon.
On Saturday, September 4th, ILCA will run in Sapulpa. A week later on the 11th, ILCA will run in Broken Arrow near Oneta Ridge Middle School. On the 18th of September, ILCA’s runners will compete at Holland Hall.
All the Best,