Another Falcons first time

Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2009

With the Region V Cross Country Championships approaching this Saturday, the Thunder Mountain Falcons are looking to build off last weekend's season-best performance.

One week ago in Ketchikan, the entire team posted personal records, a feat that thrilled coach Scott May.

"It was exciting and not expected, so that makes it even more exciting," May said. "It (Ketchikan) was a harder course than Sitka, where most of them set their PRs. So, coming to Ketchikan where you have this big hill, I thought we're probably not going to set PRs here, so it's great."

May said he thinks having the whole team together for the first time will be beneficial for theupcoming meet.

"It's great to have everybody because they're really supportive of each other," he said. "Every time we have a meet, they gain a little bit more experience."

Girls' captain Rhyan Holmes said last weekend felt amazing.

"It makes us feel like our team is getting better because we all started kind of slow," Holmes said. "It just shows that our team is improving, and hopefully we'll be able to go to state next year. I like how small the team is because you get to know more about the people you run with.

"It's fun to run as a smaller group."

Co-captain Wilson Suzuki said he and the team are excited about this weekend, and everyone will give it all they've got.

"It really raised our morale here because we know we can do better than our best," he said. "We were building a base as a team this year, so next year will be an even stronger team."

This weekend in Juneau will be the first time for TMHS to run in front of their hometown family and friends.

"I know that their families have been waiting to see them run, and that will be fun," May said. "It means a lot to them."

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