Saturday December 8th | Reno, NVB
Written by Coach Andrew Simmons
Athletes from 17 regions descended on Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno, NV on Saturday December 8th for the 2018 Junior Olympic Cross Country National Championship. This race was preceded by a state and regional qualifier where athletes competed for the top 30 positions individually or top 5 team positions to advance to the National meet.
The regional meet on November 17th was attended by 28 Members of Peak Performance in Phoenix, Arizona. After a few very close team races, the 13-14 Girls Team, and 4 Individuals from Peak Performance advanced to the National Championships in Reno.
The athletes advancing were Jonah Halsor (8), Flynn Halsor (12), Benjamin Anderson (12), Lucy Voss (11), Reese Tucker (13), Lily Mourer (14), Jayden Miller (13), Campbell Traylor (14), Maddie Baillie (13), Arantza Pereira (14), and Allie Braney (13). This was the largest team in the history of the Peak Performance Running program.
The race provided to be extremely muddy after a snowstorm blanketed the course with a 6 inch layer of heavy wet snow. Throughout the day, this snow and ice turned into a thick, wet mud that made a great course for altitude adjusted trail runners. Peak athletes went in with great optimism given that these athletes train through any weather Colorado throws at them.
USA Track and Field recognizes athletes that finish in the Top 25 as All Americans and the Peak Performance Team had their largest showing of All Americans in Reno. The most impressive result is 11-12 year old Lucy Voss who finished 10th to mark her 3rd time as an All American. Followed next by Flynn Halsor who took a tumble at Nationals in 2017 she he returned this year determined to finish All American, which he accomplished. Reese Tucker and Lily Mourer ran smart early in the race to take advantage of the conditions and finish 10th, and 19th both earning All American status.
The rest of the team fared well with Jonah Halsor finishing in 90th in the 8 and Under Race. Benjamin Anderson – 39th, Flynn Halsor – 11th, Lucy Voss – 10th, Reese Tucker – 10th, Lily Mourer 19th, Jayden Miller – 45th, Campbell Traylor – 243, Arantza Pereira – 244, Madelyn Baillie – 269, Allie Braney – 277.
Peak Performance Athletes practice in and around Golden, CO and represent schools from all around Jefferson County. Peak Performance Running is Coached by Andrew Simmons, Katie Whidden, Nancy Yager, and Brittany Charboneau. Peak Performance Running is proud to represent Golden, Colorado.