This past Friday the Long Beach Middle Schools held their cross country championship at Heartwell Park in Lakewood. Its an event I enjoy to cover as I get a chance to see a lot of young faces I know I will see over the next few years competing at the high school level.
This event usually starts with the 4th and 5th grade kids racing a shorter version of the race, which is followed by six races, the girls 6th grade, boys 6th grade, girls 7th grade, boys 7th grade, girls 8th grade, and then finally the boys 8th grade race.
I wasn't sure of the start time so I headed to the park right after work and got there just as the 4th and 5th grade race started, so I did miss that one,but I know the route they run so I was ready at the start of the 6th grade girls race.
A little side note - once I got home and began uploading all of my shots one of my cards failed on me. It was the card that had the whole 8th grade girls race on it. Not sure what the issue was, but my computer wouldn't acknowledge it and I tried two different card readers. I also put the card back in the camera hoping I could transfer the photos that way, but even my camera said there was an error and would read the card anymore. Not sure what I can do at this point as recovery would only be good if I could open the card on my computer. I do have a couple of other things I can try though.
In the meantime here are a bunch of shots from the races.
Starting off with the boys 6th grade race.
Below are some shots from the girls 6th grade race
Below start the boys 7th grade race.
Followed by the girls 7th grade race.
And ending with the boys 8th grade race.