CHEYENNE — Ana Sanchez made a choice before the Leroy Sprague Invitational started.
“At first I was like, ‘You know what? I’m just going to go and wherever I end up, I end up,'” the Cheyenne South sophomore said.
Early on, she was keeping pace with Gillette’s Tabitha Simmons. And then the energy gave out.
Sanchez finished in 14th overall in a time of 19 minutes, 58.81 seconds, a full minute faster than her 21:01.00 last year. But she still slipped back from her initial pace.
“I wish it would have been better. I started off hard and I was just so excited because we had our first full team and I was like we’re going to have a full team, let’s start and then once I hit that second lap I was like, ‘Oh, I went to strong at first,'” Sanchez said.
Sanchez said she now has a better understanding of how to start a race that way she can be in better physical shape towards the end.
That’s exactly the kind of lesson Bison coach Scott Foley was hoping his young runner would take away from Friday’s meet.
“She got out there, she put herself in the race and it’s all about a learning experience for her,” Foley said.
“She’s just a sophomore and so she’s trying some different things right now, trying to see what works for her. I’m just encouraging it. With sophomores it’s just learning experience.”