After last week's runner up finish at the Voyles Classic, junior Annika Sleenhof told Ravenwood coach Pete Mueller that she knew she could have run better. She erased any doubt Saturday morning by literally running away from a strong field at the Clara Bowl Invitational in Rome, GA. She ran a 5:39 first mile with the lead pack, then left them with a 5:29 second mile on her way to a 17:49 over the hilly 5K course. Her time broke her own school record by 33 seconds, is the #1 time in the state this year, and ranks #9 in the nation.
Of course, it takes more than one runner to make a good team, and Ravenwood has an outstanding team. Jamie Blaylock and Ella Kuban finished 12th and 13th, Alex Rosen ran another PR to take 21st, and freshman Maeve Hanley kicked hard to finish 47th. Elise Strevell was 48th and Addison White was 61st, rounding out Ravenwood's top 7. The girls finished in second place, one point behind Mill Creek High School from Georgia, and are currently ranked #1 overall in Tennessee.
The JV girls also turned in an impressive showing, running well in the mixed JV race. Juniors Taylor Hill (6th) and Carson Everman (7th) led the way with top ten finishes, followed by Elena Vidal (12th), Ella Rhoades (13th), Hannah Williams (15th), Camilla Kjeve (16th), and Mekenna Raymer (17th). Their team score of 50 points was good enough for second place.
The girls will be training hard for the next weeks, getting ready for the Trinity/Valkyrie Invitational in Louisville, KY, on September 17.