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4A State Championships

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Member Since:

Jan 01, 2007



Goal Type:

NCAA Champ

Running Accomplishments:

2008 XC WAC Champs

1600m STATE CHAMP '08
2006 & 07 XC Region Champ


    XC 6k--21:38.8(PreNat '10)
    XC 5k--17:17.1 (USU '09) 
    XC 3mi--17:38.0 (MSU'08)

Outdoor Track:

5000m - 17:10.71 (April '09)

3k steeple - 10:43 (April '09)

1500m - 4:48 (April '09)

3200m - 11:15.34 (May '08)
1600m - 5:08.37 (May '08)
800m - 2:22.62 (May '08)
400m - 1:03.13 (May '08)

Indoor Track

3000m - 9:59.48 (Feb. '09)       5000m - 17:36.72 (Feb. '09)

Short-Term Running Goals:

*Stay healthy and positive

*Top 3 Individual in WAC XC 

*3k - 9:45, 5k - 16:45, steeple - 10:15

*WAC Champ Steeplechase


Long-Term Running Goals:

*Qualify for NCAA Nationals (XC and Track)
*Marathons after college - FAST!
*Keep working hard & improving


In my fifth semester at Utah State University. A sophomore Cross Country and a junior in Track and Field. Majoring in Math Education, planning to graduate in 2013.

Joy = {roller-blading, running, fancy cheese, friends, ultimate frisbee, Jones Cream Soda, Star Wars and turtles} 

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Race: 4A State Championships (3 Miles) 00:19:28, Place overall: 6
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Here goes the whole report:

Started out with a warm up around the course during the 3A girls' race, staying relaxed and feeling good to mostly thaw from the cold weather. Stretched, hopped around a bit, did some agilities around, stretched more, then just kept warm and ready for the race until the teams started getting up to the start line, then got up there and found that I had 3 other 'loner-box' friends. Got a good position in the box just by being assertive. Ha.

Got a great start! Not insane sprinting, but quick enough to get out and up front right away. Decided to just stick with the leading pack and see what happened, took a position on the inside next to Krystal and just stuck it there. Felt great, legs were just cruising and I got ahead on the uphills a couple of times.

Once we go into the second mile, Krystal started throwing in these surges to loose me, but I just stuck with her and eventually passed her up with a Timp girl barely ahead.  Was still feeling great and strong on the whole 'back stretch' area, then it all kinda fell apart. As it was pretty dern cold out, my legs were cold the whole time, so I couldn't really tell how they were actually feeling. They 'felt good' but as I kept trying to stick on the lead pack as we got into the third mile, they wouldn't give me anything. Pretty frustrating. So I was sticking in fourth behind two Orem girls and the Timp girl, trying to surge to make up the gap, but not achieving much. The last 800m I was working so hard to pick up my pace as I got to the finish and I still got passed by two girls. Argh! Then as I ran the last 50m, I saw the seconds tick away as I missed breaking the school record by .9 sec. To top it all off, my bun fell out and I gouged my arm on a post during the race. Curses. (DST 256.9) (DD spike 31)

As with other races, I am trying to get what positive encouragement I can out of it. So far all I can think of is don't run in the cold, and beat them next time. Next time stuff includes getting more time in the weight room earlier in the season, not getting injured in the peak mileage weeks and (as always) working harder at practice!

From Logan on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 09:48:45

Don't be depressed. You have accomplished much in your high school career. You have many great years of running ahead of you.

From Paul Petersen on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 09:57:19

Believe or not, I never even made it to a state meet in high school -- for either cross and track. It's okay to be disappointed, as the disappointments make the successes and breakthroughs that much better, but your best running is ahead of you.

From Superfly on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 10:27:37

Good job. You've had an amazing high school career so far. You still get to pester Mik'L and Dave with one more track season.

From JohnK on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 11:39:12

Sorry you didn't have the race you wanted but 6th in state sure isn't bad. Thousands of high school runners across the country would love to do so well!

Each race can be useful in moving toward better performances, so try to find something positive in this race, something you can take from it, to help you in the future. And definitely this xc season will provide big benefits from track next spring.

From Breanna on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 12:12:04

There was a good picture of you during the race on deseretnews.com. It was pic number 10.

From Wildbull on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 13:19:36

Great job Ruth. you are amazing. you did better then last year! That being said. stay hungry and remember true champions like you always feel they can do better!

From amanda on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 13:33:36

You did a great job!!!

From Dustin on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 13:40:10

Great job! be pleased with all you have accomplished so far!

From James on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 13:52:08

Great job on Academic Allstate! I was the one that got up in your face with a 1/2 mile to go and told you to get those two Mt. View girls. You did good for being in a crazy race. Academic Allstate is a great accomplishment too, and will benefit your life more than a top 3 place would have.

From Mik'L on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 14:30:46

Ruthie! I am so proud of you. I was seriously going nutso yesterday trying to find out how you did (either you or Holt has GOT to get a cell phone!). James finally posted a link to the results and I was so proud of you, although I knew you weren't going to be happy with it. I'll be waiting for the rest of your post to hear all about it. You are still amazing! And as Clyde said above, you have another track season that I'm very excited for (not the pestering part though). Congrats on Academic All State too. That is something to be proud of. BTW, I kept my copy of the article on you if you want it.

From Bethany on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 19:08:05

Loved your play by play report. Way to go! I have always admired a go get em attitude like yours.

From Jeff on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 19:53:55

Sorry you didn't do as good as you wanted to but you still did awesome! It's cool how you learn from everything and you look at the positive. Also good job at Academic All State. Getting in the weight room more is something I want to do too, it's one major thing that I want to do this winter.

From Jon on Fri, Oct 19, 2007 at 16:09:26

Good job, Ruthie! Keep training and go kick everyone's butts in track!

From ryan on Sat, Oct 20, 2007 at 21:46:01

good job on your race. i would have loved to be a top 10 runner at state. keep your head up.

From MichelleL on Thu, Oct 25, 2007 at 10:50:32

Hi Ruthie,

Boy when I met you in St. George I had no idea you were one of the best runners in the state! Congratulations on your fine race. You went for the win and you'll never have to wonder if you had given more in this race, could you have placed better because you raced it! I agree that your running career is just beginning and if you can learn from each race, you will excel even more in the years ahead.

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