Eloise Neale is finishing in style
exciting in a way that it the last season, she said. a little more pressure as a senior. It just really sinks in that this is your last shot at state and nationals and really just having fun with what you doing. It kind of bittersweet. Neale done up to this point is win two individual state cross country titles as a freshman and a sophomore and help the Grizzlies capture their first team title in 2010.
comes in first all the time, which is helpful in cross country, Glacier Peak head coach Dan Parker said. has her eyes set on competing for the state championship. first heard about Neale when she was running in elementary school. He knew then she was going to be a force.
knew about her as a fifth grader, Parker said. was running sub six minute miles at that point in the fifth grade. I had an inkling she might be decent. She went to her first national meet when she was 8, but didn train as hard as some of the other competitors.
just went because it was close, down in Eugene, and I qualified, she said. I learned that I was good nike outlet coupon at it and I really learned that I loved the long distances. person who saw considerable potential in Neale was Frank Dauncey. Currently an assistant cross country coach with the Grizzlies, Dauncey was running the Snohomish Track Club when he convinced Neale parents who were shuttling her as far south as Federal Way to train to have Neale join his club.
At the time, the travel requirements limited Neale to three workouts per week. By staying in Snohomish, Dauncey argued, she could work out five times a week. mentioned to her, don you just stick around here in Snohomish? Dauncey said.
Neale did just that and Dauncey began to work with his new runner when she was 9.
was a pretty gifted runner back then, Dauncey said. could see she was good and just needed some good guidance. two worked on improving Neale core, as well as building strength in her shoulders and arms. Part of the training involved running backward across a field. It wasn a drill Neale excelled at. In fact, she found herself routinely finishing last in a group of 12 20 runners.
would fall down and (wind up) in last place on that, Dauncey said. worked hard and it really helped her a lot. said she enjoys the strategy behind long distance running as well as the combination of endurance and speed needed at the end. She tried gymnastics when she was younger, but didn like it as much. She also used to ski, but has cut back I don want to get hurt. said running brings her a sense of peace.
found out I felt awful when I didn run. Emotionally, running just calmed me down, she said. let me think through all my problems in life. Neale, running is truly a team sport. She said she loves working with her fellow runners.
looking after the girls and guys on the team, it cool being able to teach them, Neale said. It not all about you. The best you can do for your team is also the best you can do for yourself. I love having other people to worry about as well. Neale got to Glacier Peak High School, she found a teammate who could push her in Katie Bianchini. According to Parker, Bianchini would be the No. 1 runner on almost any other team.
call her the best No. 2 runner in the nation, Parker said. an awesome force in herself. their sophomore season, Bianchini beat Neale in a couple of races.
totally friends, Parker said. interest is only in bettering themselves and the team. They work side by side in workouts and are both co captains. (Bianchini) understands who Amy Eloise is, but she also understands how amazing she is as well. She just tries to do the best she possibly can do.
think as the season goes, you see some amazing things from those ladies. even with two stellar runners, a state title is no guarantee. The Grizzlies learned that painful lesson last fall. In the Class 3A title race, Glacier Peak lost the team title to Camas by two points. On top of that, Neale finished second for the first time in a state cross country championship losing to Katie Knight of North Central. Knight had finished behind Neale in each of their previous state races.
Dauncey said the GP coaches pushed the kids pretty hard prior to state in anticipation of the Nike Northwest Qualifying Meet u of k nike shoes the following weekend. The Grizzlies were able to qualify for the nike shoes vs adidas national meet, where Neale finished fourth.
team was a little overworked because we were focusing on the Nike Northwest regionals more than the state meet, Dauncey said. was a shock to everybody. Including (Neale). She took it hard.
coaches had to take the blame, Dauncey said. (the runners) shined at the Nike Northwest Qualifying Meet for the national championships. isn sure what her future holds beyond this season. She considering a number of colleges, all on the West Coast. First, though, comes one more run at a state title.
season I got really, really stressed out with school and everything, Neale said. season I hoping to be more relaxed with everything.
think we definitely can win state. Our girls have a lot of potential. I think if everything works out and everyone stays healthy, we will be on our way to nationals this year.