The 2013 Independent Middle League Cross Country Finals took place at Guajome Park on November 4, 2013. The course was approximately 1.7 miles and the same as at a meet earlier in the year. Again, Zach was nervous and expressed a desire not to run. At this point, having gone down this path with Zach before, only to have him tell me afterwards he was glad he ran, I ignored him.
Zach had a good start (see video). He pulled away from the pack within the first few seconds and maintained a healthy gap for the remainder of the race, finishing first in 10:07, which works out to a 5:57 mile pace and a nice improvement over the 10:45 he ran for the same course in September.
After the race, Zach told me he thought he'd like to run in middle school, so apparently winning chases away the nerves.
Good job Zach!
San Elijo Hills Running Club