Belmont, CA - The Valley Christian Girls Cross Country team had no room for error and the team again delivered, advancing to their 14th consecutive CCS Championship.
The team came into the race needing all five runners to prevail in order to secure an automatic birth to the CCS Championship. Senior Ashley Lara led the charge moving up throughout the race to finish in 20:30 for the 2.95 mile course. The pack held together as the top four runners all were within 36 seconds of one another. Freshman Camille Reed ran a personal best 20:44, which is the eighth fastest mark for a freshman in school history. Nicole Favre and Kiko Li were stride for stride through the race keying off one another to both finish in 21:06. Kailey Eddy secured the team moving on finishing in 21:40.
Coaches continuously preach the importance of each runner and no better example of that came on Wednesday. Kailey Eddy undoubtably was in the midst of a bad day, well off even an average finish. Yet only one thought crossed her mind, "Finish!"
"I wasn't feeling good and it was discouraging," Eddy said after the race. "But I knew the team needed me, I had to stick it out and do what I could to help the girls get to CCS."
Her perseverance did not go unnoticed. Without Eddy, or any of the team's scoring runners, the team would have slipped two fifth place, missed the team time automatic qualifier and been in jeopardy of not advancing.
"I am proud of every one of our runners," Coach Small said. "They went out and battled today. It wasn't easy but they did what they had to do move on and got the job done. Our girls are gritty and tough and they fight to the finish."
The Lady Warriors will compete in the CCS Championship at Toro Park on November 15th.
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