The Brenda Athletic Club Invitational at California State University, Stanislaus was intended to host 28 schools but Saturday's downpour forced ten of those schools to cancel their appearances and several others to pull out of the event early. Turlock and Denair High were among those who decided to avoid the cold, wet weather but Turlock Christian High braved the elements, competing against the remaining schools who decided the forty degree weather and rain wouldn't keep them off the track.
"That was a lovely little meet," TC's head coach Pam Franco said jokingly.
For their efforts the Eagles walked away from CSUS with a sixth place team finish for their girls and a twelfth place team finish for their boys. Rebekah Muller placed first in the 200m and Allison Ulrich placed second in the pole vault as Noah Teroy and Seth Retemeyer placed first in the high jump and long jump respectively.
Although the limited number of schools competing in the invitational and the adverse weather conditions resulted in skewed times and shoddy performances, Franco believes the experience made her team tougher.
"I was really proud of them because they stuck it out while other teams were leaving," Wagner said. "What the kids got out of it was that they know they could overcome such adversity. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and I think we're stronger because of it."