Good Morning Gentle Readers,
The House Blond called me around six to tell me the district finals were running way, way ahead of schedule. Since we're like a Dwight Yoakum tune (a thousand miles from nowhere) I hopped in the truck and skedaddled.
And, of course, there's a school play at Centennial HS as well as the track meet finals, so the parking is sparse. I'm about to the gate when I hear the announcer say.....and, Santiago's Katherine Snell......But it doesn't register immediately. Cuz she's not Katherine, she's Katie.
Precious seconds later I'm running for the gate almost as fast as she is running the track. Running and fishing in my pocket for the wad of cash Mrs TWC left on the dresser that I knew I'd need. The big guy taking the money, who looks like he played guard for USC ten years ago, sees me coming and makes me out as a gate crasher. He's half out of his plastic cafeteria chair with thoughts of the glory days running through his head when I throw the five dollar bill at him while shouting that my daughter is running RIGHT NOW. I didn't bother with the senior discount.
I got about five shots of her crossing the finish line through the chain link. Give me a break, how stupid is it to have a six foot tall chain link fence around the perimeter of a football field? WTH kind of nonsense is this?
She ran the 800 meter in 2.22, which is both a personal record and a school record for her high school.
Later, she ran the 4X400, which is a team relay. Each of the four team members runs 400 meters, handing off the baton to the next person.
I wasn't quick enough with the settings to get a good photo of the hand-off in the dying light. And BTW, it was got dang windy and cold for a May evening. It happens in So Cal sometimes.