“They do everything as a pack,” said coach Mike Ramsey, who kept this week’s preparation intense to prepare his team for the meet. “As soon as last year ended and they finished in third place, it’s been night and day. From that day on, they have all maintained their focus to do exactly what they’ve done.”
That approach paid off, and it’s allowed the entire squad to challenge one another. Ramsey says before every race he’s not sure who is going to win, even though he’s confident it will be one of his team. At the Class 6A west regional last week, the Timberwolves swept the top three spots and put five into the top 11.
Not that there haven’t been setbacks. Base went out early in the season with mono. The Timberwolves rallied around her, brought up another runner and stayed the course. Cold and wet conditions at the regional meet made running difficult, but they huddled in their pack to stay warm and then ran away with the meet. Now, with just one race left to go, the Timberwolves know the goal they’ve been working toward for a year is in reach, and they know just how they’re going to achieve it.
“It’s our final high school race as a team,” Base said. “Our whole high school career has led to this.”
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