Promise of things to come – East Grand Middle School cross country
The undefeated girl and boy on the East Grand Middle School Cross Country Team have more than their athletic record in common. They also have the same first name.
Eighth grader Taber Miyauchi, 13, of Grand Lake, and sixth grader Tabor Scholl, 11, of Kremmling, have collected many metals and ribbons during their season.
They run a mile to a mile-and-a-half at each of their meets.
They both went undefeated for first six their meets this year. Miyauchi didn’t compete in the last race. But Scholl, even after losing a shoe at the end of the race, still scored her best time in the two-mile race at Battle Mountain High in Eagle County. On Saturday, she won the seventh race of the season in 11:43.
Miyauchi had his best time, 12:10, in a 2.1 mile race in at Dakota Ridge in Littleton.
The team practices four times a week.
“The day before, we just kind of take it easy,” Miyauchi said. “We do hills and sprints and then long runs.”
Scholl has been running since second grade, and Miyauchi since sixth grade.
This summer, he also competed in the Gut Buster race, and Scholl raced in most of the shorter distances in the Steamboat and Kremmling running series.
“I usually do sprint right before,” Scholl said about how she prepares for the race.
“Activators is what I do,” Miyauchi said. “I don’t really like stretching before.”
The team has 23 participants on the team, an increase from last year’s 13 members. This year, they expanded the team to include sixth graders.
“This is the first year (Miyauchi) has won every race,” said Coach Molly Jordan, who is herself a marathon runner. “He’s always been in the top three and he’s always been a good a runner. But this year, he’s grown tremendously.
“The split times that they’re doing is really fast. Tabor Scholl is only in sixth grade, we’ve never had an athlete as strong as she is.”
In the six meets the team has competed in this year, they’ve taken the top three places in the boys and girls times.
Jordan said five of the seven weeks of practice they go to the YMCA on Mondays and Tuesdays.
“We have a loop that’s a 5K that they call the Enchanted Forest, and it’s all Aspens,” Jordan said. “They just enjoy it. They feel like they’re in a secluded area and they’re in
The teams also worked on hills at the YMCA. At the middle school track, they work on sprints, strength and speed.
“We try to break it up into a warm up, main run, and then a cool down so that they understand what it’s like to be a well-rounded athlete,” Jordan said. “And also, in their mind, it’s not just running. So, they understand there’s other parts of conditioning that go into to running. I think they enjoy it more when it’s not just running.”
She also trained with Miyauchi almost every day after practice for an additional half hour to 45 minutes to add a speed and strength component to the beginning and ends if his race. The middle of his race was his fastest portion.
Jordan said Tabor Scholl is fortunate because her parents, Stephanie and Shawn Scholl, are very “intense runners.”
“She is surrounded by runners,” Jordan said. “I’ve kind of given her guidelines.
Because she lives in Kremmling she comes twice a week. When she’s not here, I kind of try to monitor what she’s doing and see that she’s keeping up her endurance. And because she lives on a trail system in Kremmling, she actually has hills right around her. So that I think has helped tremendously in her endurance and strength. She pretty much blows away the competition because of hills.”
Now that the season is over, Jordan plans to train Scholl and Miyauchi for the Nov. 1 Junior Olympics in Denver.
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