Cherokee Challenge


Name Place Time 2009 2008 2007
Mike Judson 8 11:08      
Jake Riff 7 10:25 23/ 11:45    
Dan Riff 6 10:23 10/ 11:29    
Markan Patel 31 10:46 44/ 11:25    
Kartik 21 10:35 22/11:00    
Prathik 68 11:13 60/ 11:39    
Maeda 57 11:04 16/ 10:42    
Sheldon 4 10:05 8/10:47    
AJ Chavez 18 10:32      
Dougie 21 10:15 37/10:47 15/10:43 13/11:18
Matt Boosh 72 11:02 79/11:17 45/11:14  
Andy Sleps 60 10:51 119/11:32    


Mike Judson – got out great and hung in well until the last 600, you’ll learn to concentrate and become hungrier the last 800- grab some spikes and keep learning.  You have a tremendous future ahead of you.

Jake Riff- got out reasonably well- you guys race as well as any athletes I’ve coached.  Once you commit to being tough EVERY DAY you’ll breakthrough to the elite level.  The will to win is nothing without the will to prepare.

Dan Riff- See above- you got out great- if you look at the race footage your chin was creeeping up- this closes the windpipe and throws off your posture- keep the head neutral- even yours is very heavy…hahaha- lets get agter it.

Markan- got out horribly- I think you let the stomach thing get in your way- for every reason you don’t have to succeed there are a million other reasons you can- don’t allow excuses to prevent you from reaching your potential.  You’re too good for this- your becoming a leader on this team- take us to the top.

Karthik- you had one of the greatest summers in Pirate History- whats the point of getting all dolled up for the prom if you’re not going to do some dancing? Get out there and shake it.

Prathik- I’d love to know whats going on in that brain of yours- key off one of your teammates and STAY WITH THEM- you’ll surprise yourself.

Maeda- last season you started well and finished rough- this year will be different- solid effort considering- your 2nd half of the race was impressive- will you do what it takes every day to put yourself in postion to be there in November?

Sheldon- your best race to date period. You raced with fire and determination- commit to staying healthy and doing best when it counts.

AJ- your strength is your strength- I’m so impressed with your work ethic- keep it up and you’ll really herlp us this year.

Doogie- considering how poorly you got out you raced very well- find your groove and stay in it- make sure you’re getting your rest.

Caroline – Solid performance.  You got out strong with the top pack just in your sight.  Don’t be timid, you’ve got all the tools.  Great push at the 800m to get up front.  Keep the confidence up and know that you are in fantastic shape, so run like it.

May – Strong start, right to the front of the pack.  You exploded up the hill and closed the gap with a few when you got to the top.  Great race, over a minute faster!  Keep it up.

Lisa – Awesome start and great push through the first mile.  Keep your head up and keep pushing, the second (and third) miles will come. Great attitude, great race, let’s continue forward on this path.

Katie – Your hard work and perseverance from the summer is starting to pay off!  A great start and a hard push up the hill gave you good position for your strong finish.  This is the Katie we’ve been waiting for!

Xinran – Unbelievable!  Over 1:30 faster than last year!  Definitely 6 steps in the right direction, keep working hard, you are doing awesome!  Don’t lose sight of the pack and keep doing what you’re doing!  Great job.

Crossey – Good race, but watch your start, don’t get all muddled up in the back of the pack.  Use your speed and don’t be afraid to get up to the front.  Once you’re there, you’re there!  And thanks for making it back out of the woods!

Jaedi – Way to get out there and push through the aches and pains.  It feels good to go fast.  Make sure that you take care of yourself, stretching, icing so that you stay healthy to race!  Dropped 15 seconds from last year.  Keep up the good work!

Cai Cai – Good start, great finish!  Take that ferocity and spread it over the entire race, and then you’ll be up in the front pack.   Keep working!

Nana – Solid start to the season.  Don’t forget to maintain your speed on the hills and then attack at the top.  Good finish, way to hold off the impending pack.

Nora – Minute improvement from last year, great job!  I am so proud that despite the aches and pains, the asthma, the whatever, you are out there pushing yourself.  Let’s get you healthy so you can really let it roll.

Sari – Great effort, dropped 20 seconds from last year.  You have all the tools you need to succeed.  Keep working hard in practice, and the times will continue to drop. 

Mollie – Hang in there, keep doing the right things, keep pushing in practice, and keep the eyes up.  You’re doing well.  Great first race, let’s build that confidence!