Running The Race Solo

By Jeremy McDonald

SALEM, Ore.–  When the 400 meter woman’s race was called to line-up, West Salem’s Elisabeth Goodrich was the only one who walked out to the starting blocks as the defending 2017 400 meter District Champion got ready for her race.

“It’s kind of hard because I don’t have anyone to pace myself,” starts Goodrich as the starting gun went off.

Teammate Lucy Jolivette was suppose to run in the race, but was a scratch for the event as Goodrich entered the first turn and enter the back straight-away exiting the second turn as she tried to pace herself without anyone around her to push her.

“I think I did pretty good,” said Goodrich as she rounded the last two turns about her pace.  “I have coaches around yelling at me, ‘Go pick it up’.  But I have a pattern I normally run in.”

The mentality of it, running by herself is a unique one described Goodrich as she felt like she was slacking even though she was clocked in the event at a 1:05.83 in her first ‘true’ 400 meter dash of the season.

“When I run by myself, it’s different than when I run in groups.  I feel like I’m slacking on myself way more than when I’m running with people.  It’s what it feels like,” described Goodrich with a smile on her face as she ran a 59.7 400 meter split as part of the Lady Titans 4×400 meter team at the Cotton Invitational this past Friday.  “I feel like when I’m in groups, I have a lot more momentum and it’s like whoosh.”

Goodrich PR’d in the 300 meter Hurdles (51.27) and was apart of the 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams that finished first with times of 49.44 and 4:30.86 respectively.


Tess Barnett (center) hugging a friend after PR-ing in the 800 meter dash (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

McKay freshman Tess Barnett too PR’d in the 800 meter dash as Barnett seemed to glide her way to the lead spot of the pack to set the pace as her kick resembled that of someone not racing in her first Varsity 800 meter race of her high school career.

“The kick was my favorite part because I like going fast and it’s just great,” smiled and laughed Barnett who recorded a 2:37.47 time in the 800 meter dash win as the freshman looks to improve moving forward.  “Just keeping my pace and not slowing down because I slowed down a little bit, but I got my pace back.”

Alexandria Tejeda finished 1.08 seconds behind Barnett as the sophomore too PR’d with a 2:38.55.

Other notables include the Titans Jamal McMurrin taking the 100 meter (11.13) and 200 meter in a 22.87.  McKay’s Israel Garza only competed in the 4×100 race as the Scots took the event in 43.85.

West Salem’s Brennen LeBel took the 1500 meter (4:18.51) and 3000 meter (9:46.83) races as did the Lady Titans Jaden Mandal on the girls side taking the 1500 meter (5:20.10) and PR-ing in the 3000 meter dash in 11:19.46.

Humberto Campos arm squeaks by LeBel’s in the Javelin by five-inches as the Junior Campos PR’d with a throw of 143-feet-11-inches to LeBel’s 143-feet-six inches as Tyrus Love-Zhou takes the 300 meter hurdles race in 43.73.

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Photos By Jeremy McDonald



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