Palmer XC Shines in 2020

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It has been a great season – powerful connections, pushing our minds and bodies, and participating in something bigger than ourselves, especially in 2020.  Both the boys and girls were League Champions. In addition to the significant COVID guidelines, moving to 4A was a big adjustment, but these athletes have displayed flexibility and perseverance.  Under normal circumstances, there are 5 regions for each class, and each send 4 teams + any individual in the top 15 from a non-qualifying team to state.  2020, being what it is, relegates only 3 teams from the 5 regions + top 2 individuals from non-qualifying teams = 15 teams and 10 individuals.  I am proud to share that the boys’ team finished 3rd and qualified for state.  Scott Prieve was the individual champion; our first since 2006.  He was followed by Joe Lange, Cisco Alvarez, Max Pearson, Brandon Bayer, and Kamden Hernandez.  The girls’ team finished 4th and will not be competing at state, but Adele Havlick will represent Palmer as an individual.  I do want to highlight that Faith Kelly finished 14th, a position that would normally warrant a trip to state.  Adele and the boys’ team will compete this Saturday at the Norris-Penrose Event Center.  Additionally, Brax Morgan will represent Palmer in the Paralympic/Unified race.  Congratulations to all these hard-working athletes.  

All sports and athletes are faced with new rules, guidelines, and limitations that make their seasons anything but normal.  If you know any kids in athletics, please give them encouragement and a shout out for sticking with it.  

Guest Writer: Coach Gilliam