Emma Kirby set an early season personal-best mark of 23 minutes 33 seconds Saturday over the flat, five-kilometer course at the Pace Patriots Invitational.
The freshman placed 38th overall as the Navarre girls cross-country team finished ninth in the 16-team field.
“I wanted to set a good time, and I think I did. I wanted to be at 24 (minutes),” Kirby said. “The first lap was hard, because everyone was together. On the third lap, I felt like I hit a wall, so it was hard to pick up speed.”
Senior Talley Yamaguchi also set a personal best time for the distance with 23:41 and crossed the finish line just five places back.
For most of the race, Kirby was tucked just behind Yamaguchi, as the strategy was to finish close together in a pack.
All seven varsity girls’ team runners finished in the top 100. The top five scored points. Devyn Craner, (57th); Saylor Marlow (58th) and Nia Quarker (81st) also scored for Navarre.
“I am especially proud of my top four girls,” said head coach Katie Fein. “They kept within a minute of each other and were constantly pushing each other the whole race.”
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