by Jeff Brown
A small but energetic and dedicated group of youth runners wrapped up the first year of Team Rogue Prep with some outstanding local, regional and national level cross country running performances. Leading the way early on were Madison Boreman and Jeremy Brown with record setting performances at the Leander/Georgetown school district championships held at Milburn Park in Cedar Park. Madison and Jeremy finished their undefeated middle school cross country careers with 2-mile times of 11:04 and 10:51, respectively.
Following their strong middle school district performances, Madison and Jeremy joined Ryan Brown to test their spikes on Morris Williams Golf Course at Rogue’s Grass Routes Run Festival. With Aussie Scott providing encouragement behind the microphone, the young Rogue runners led the way in the 4K youth race with a time of 15:26 for Madison and 15:55 for Ryan while Jeremy jumped into the JV boys 6K race and finished first with a time of 22:45.
Mid-season, the two Ryan’s, Ryan Ochoa (age 10) and Ryan Brown (age 12), ran some strong 2 mile races at open middle school cross country events held in conjunction with local high school meets such as the Georgetown River Run and the Run the Ridge Invitational at Vista Ridge High School. The races helped prepare the young harriers for the end-of-season regional and national level meets.
Just as with high school cross country, the real fun for youth cross country begins in November with opportunities to compete at local, regional and national level meets put on by AAU, USATF and Foot Locker.
First up was the USATF South Texas Cross Country Meet held in Marble Falls at the beginning of November. Leading the way was Ryan Ochoa in the 3K 9-10 year old race with a first place finish in a time of 12:11. Following behind with a third place finish in the same race was 9-year-old Owen Daugherty with a time of 14:09.
Two weeks later, the USATF Region 12 Cross Country Meet was held again in Marble Falls with youth runners coming in from all over the state of Texas. Kristen Jones started Team Rogue Prep with a strong 13:20 performance in the girls 11-12 year-old 3K race. In the 4K 13-14 year old race, 13-year-old Madison Boreman led the entire race and finished with an outstanding time of 15:14 – improving on her 15:26 4K time at the Grass Routes Festival. With advancement to the national USATF cross country meet as his main goal, Owen Daugherty cut 48 seconds off his previous 3K PR on the same course and finished 7th in the competitive 9-10 year old race with a time of 13:21 and a guaranteed berth at the national meet in Myrtle Beach, SC.
The following day was the AAU national qualifier meet for the state of Texas held on the same Old Settlers course as the Texas State High School Cross Country Championship. Battling blustery conditions, Rebecca Rivers had a dual to the finish and came up just short of first place in the 9-10 year old girls 3K race with a time of 13:38. Following Rebecca in her first cross country meet was Rachel Greer with a time of 15:31. Next up was the boys 9-10 year old boys race with Ryan Ochoa competing against some perennially strong runners from the Lake Cities XC club in Dallas. With a time of 12:29 and a third place finish in the 3K race, Ryan set his sights on the AAU national championship race in Orlando, FL.
Shedding her cross country spikes for a pair of road flats, Madison Boreman decided to jump into the Thundercloud Turkey Trot before enjoying a big Thanksgiving meal. Under ideal conditions, Madison finished the five mile course in a blistering time of 30:29 and finished 7th among 1,500 women and 74th overall.
Heading out to Charlotte, NC to watch some of the top high school runners in the country compete at the Foot Locker South Regional, Ryan and Jeremy Brown entered the youth races held on the same McAlpine Park course as the big guns. After watching Texas runners finish first in both the girls and boys seeded high school race, Ryan led off in the 11-12 year old 3K with a top 10 finish in a time of 10:54 against 80 boys from 14 states. In the 13-14 year old race, Jeremy took the first mile out fast in 5 minutes and was outkicked at the finish with a second place time of 9:55. Both boys had a great experience and hope to return to race in the high school seeded event.
After qualifying for national level events, Ryan Ochoa and Owen Daugherty packed their spikes and jetted off to Orlando, FL and Myrtle Beach, SC for the AAU Cross Country Championship and USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championship. Competing against 132 boys from across the country, Ryan closed out his outstanding season with a 3K time of 12:36. Capturing the most improved Team Rogue Prep award, Owen Daugherty cut another 28 seconds off his prior PR and finished in the ultra-competitive USATF national cross country meet with a 3K time of 12:53.
All of the kids had a great time competing across the city, state and country and look forward to taking the solid training and race experience they gained this fall to the track in 2012.