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Success at 2nd Conference Quad

The Runnin' Warriors from Deerfield competed in their 2nd of 2 Conference Quad meet at Deerpath Park in Vernon Hills.  It was a successful meet all the way around.  The weather was gorgeous, with sunny skies and temperatures pleasantly in the 70's.  The course was flat yet slow due to soggy fields and challenging terrain.  The good thing about the Quad meets, is times are not as important as places.  Seeking to avenge a defeat to Maine West just the week prior, the JV team got out in great shape with 7 girls among the top 10 at the first turn.  That mindset carried throughout the race as Deerfield was victorious over Maine West, Maine East, and Vernon Hills.  The Red and Gray Warriors placed five runners among the first six finishers to easily outdistance their opponents.  Liza Bluman was the victor with Emmy St John just 3 seconds behind.  Next in was Avery Martin with a great sprint to pass a Cougar from VH, and then Jordyn Cohn and Marni Schneider claimed the next two spots to finish the scoring.  While PR's were hard to come by, the girls had a great mentality of racing to beat people and it paid off with three victories.

In the varsity race, PR's were again sparce but for a different reason.  Opting to strengthen the pack, the Warriors stuck closely together through the first half of the race.  A key term in cross country is a team's 1-5 split, which signifies the time difference between the first and 5th runner.  At the mile mark, a mere 3 seconds separated our 1st from our 16th runner and even that was mostly due to the course being very narrow only allowing for 3 girls shoulder to shoulder.  Though Maine West had 5 runners ahead of our first, Deerfield looked comfortable and in control.  Collectively, the pack picked up the pace and began swallowing up runners throughout the next mile.  Another term cross country coaches love is "negative splits," meaning the second half of the race is faster than the first.  All our varsity runners executed negative splits which is a tremendous positive.  By the time places were handed out, Deerfield had five runners ahead of Maine West's 5th with a split of only 13 seconds.  Vernon Hills, and their #1 ranking in state, led the way and took first, but Deerfield became stronger as a team and will head into the CSL Championship meet with a 4-1 record and in second place.