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Game Article, Track & Field | March 1, 2013

CL Girls Track Meet is Off and ‘Running’ or ‘Dashing’?

Junior Runner Hannah Graves gets ready to Dash back into Action.

Canyon Lake began their Dash/Run around the track last night at Blanco Track Meet.

There are several athletes that have a chance in having some good results by the time April rolls around.

Junior Hannah Graves should be in that mix as she had an opportunity to participate in the Regional Meet in Corpus Christi last year as a Sophomore in the 800 Meter Run.

Graves ran a 2:36.25 in that meet trying to qualify for the finals. She had a best of 2:27.78 during her season and if Graves can improve, then a chance for meets later in the season is in her future.

“I felt really good,” Graves started. “With it being cold, I was surprised on how I felt going into my race.”

Graves will also be trying to increase her work load this season as she also runs the 400 Meter Dash and will add a Relay to her repertoire.

“I had a good pace but I really want to build my speed and running the 400 should help my 800,” Graves said strategically.

Distance runner or Dash runner, Graves will be on both sides of that fence as Track terminology seems to mention anything under a 800 Meter run as a Dash and any run over that distance will be classified as a Run.

Those runs will rely on strategy most of the time as runners have time to map out how they will draft on other runners and what type of pace they want to keep in order to have their best kick at the end of that event.

You never want to leave more on your lap in order to get an optimal time for your troubles and time spent helping your body compete for those grueling races.

“Our team is stronger because we are running in more events,” Graves finished.

Canyon Lake does not have as many athletes this season, but many of the girls are taking on other events in order to increase their chances of gaining more points for the team.

Case and point would be Junior Mariah Ellis running her first 800 Meter Run in Blanco and finishing right behind Graves and garnering third place points for Canyon Lake.

That speaks volumes for how this might turn out for Canyon Lake.

This will be fun Track Season to watch and hopefully Graves can make her Run into a Dash, and also keep her Dash as a Dash.

Good Luck!!