By: JOHN CANNON
(MERCEDES) – Edcouch-Elsa’s Krysta Martinez had to adjust to the course on Saturday morning at the Mercedes High Cross-Country Invitational.
After heavy rains fell upon the Rio Grande Valley on Friday, the course was slick and muddy which caused the runners to slow down the pace a little.
“It was tough to run due to the wet grounds,” said Martinez. “I found myself having to slow down towards the end of the race and at certain points because it was so slick and muddy.”
And even though Martinez ran a fairly high time due to the wet course, she still placed first with a time of 20:06 in the varsity girls division.
“My plan was to jump out in front early and then try and adjust to the course from there,” said Martinez. “This was a tough course to run due to the conditions and even though my time was not what I normally run, I wasn’t about to risk an injury.”
Even though the course was slick and muddy, Martinez said that she was glad to run in it.
“I want to be able to run in conditions like this,” said Martinez. “There may become a time in which I have to run in another meet and the conditions might be the same as today.”
“But lucky for me, I know what to do in order to adjust and hopefully it will give me an advantage in the race.”