Youth Cross Country Wrap Up

Makayla and Alisa, our two Youth XC Nats runners.

By Joe Ferris

A highly successful GLRR Youth Cross Country season came to an end in Albuquerque, New Mexico on a cold rainy and snowy day on Saturday, December 12th. It was the sixth consecutive year that GLRR competed in the USATF Junior Olympic National cross country competition.

This year the club was represented by Makayla Paige, who competed in the 11-12 AG. Makayla had represented GLRR in 2014 in CC and also in 2015 at the USATF Junior Olympic National Track & Field meet in Jacksonville, Florida in July.

Also competing for GLRR was Alisa Crueger-Cain. Alisa has advanced to Nationals several times and this year advanced in the 13-14 AG.

It was a difficult race for Makayla, who experienced severe discomfort throughout the race, but persevered to turn in a gallant effort while completing the race under adverse conditions.

Alisa ran a powerful race and competed strongly to the finish and arguably ran her best race ever for GLRR.

The highly successful year for the youth team came to an end in the snow of New Mexico, but will resume in 2016 with a track & field meet at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on February 7th.