Lizzie Lacy and Zoe Enright haven’t stopped running since leading the Menlo girls team to a sixth-place finish at the Central Coast Section championships, and Saturday, Lacy took sixth place and Enright placed 30th statewide at the CIF Division IV cross county meet at Woodward Park in Fresno. Lacy’s podium finish was the best in Menlo School history since Martin Keck placed 10th in the boys Division V race in 1997.
Lacy, a junior, improved her personal record by 50 seconds, crossing the finish line in 18 minutes 31 seconds on the 5K course. A sophomore, Enright, too had an outstanding race and fought plantar fasciitis yet still finished 30th in 19:26 among 207 runners.
Anna Maxwell of San Lorenzo Valley won the Div. IV race in 17:08.
For the second time in a week a Menlo athlete has made school history: Lacy with a sixth-place finish at state on Saturday and Elizabeth Yao capturing a CCS singles title Tuesday.
Lacy said following the plan that co-coach Jorge Chen outlined helped her feel relaxed as the race progressed.
“I feel like this course is all about strategy,” Lacy said via Menlo press release. “With Zoe, working together definitely helped us, I think, as moving through people is a lot easier when you have someone there to motivate you. If she was feeling better, I believe she would have ended up with me or even more successful.”
Lacy and Enright started out fairly fast, and kept pace so they could stay with the lead pack.
“I was definitely surprised with the leading pack and how the group of them fell back and closed the gap, ” Lacy said. “Once there wasn’t a gap anymore, I think we took advantage of the proximity and gave it our all to try to pass those guys.”
Both ran the race plan “to perfection,” Chen said. Lacy and Enright ran the first split in 5:46, staying in the low-20s (22nd and 23rd) in the first mile before beginning their moves.
Lacy was eighth by MIle 2 and staged a big upset by being the third Central Coast Section finisher rather than a projected sixth. She defeated three other CCS runners in DIV who had beaten her in the CCS finals.
Lacy finished her season by placing second in WBALs (First Team All-League), sixth in CCS (medalist) and 6th at State (medalist).