Thursday was McKayla's first cross-country meet of the season. It went well. It was a 2.9 mile race and she ran an 18:03 which put her in 9th place. Not bad considering she was sore from Monday's workout (they aren't tapering yet). She was a little disappointed because she wanted under 18 minutes but her time still qualified her a U.S. First Team Elite. I think that is awesome!
She had such a bad season last year (due to low iron) that it will be nice to see what this season brings. She is off to a good start.
Along those lines, she had a really great phone call this week. She has been receiving calls and letters from various coaches around the country (in fact, the high school tells me they receive more letters for her than for any other athlete) but this call got her excited.
The coach from UVU (Utah Valley University) called her on Wednesday and told her she is his #1 recruit. She told him she wants to go into nursing and he said UVU has a great nursing program but warned her it is tough to run and do all her clinicals. He told her he'd support her even if she was only able to run 3 of the meets due to the nursing program demands. He asked about her ACT score and told her she is only 1 point away from an academic scholarship but then told her she didn't need to worry about that because she'd be taken care of. (Can we read into it that he intends to offer her a full-ride?) She wants to stay in Utah so UVU would be a good choice. The coach told her he'd be talking to her frequently. Stay tuned....
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