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Sunday, January 7

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Sunday, December 3

Expectations. Whether they are internal or pressed upon them by others, they are the luggage athletes carry throughout their careers. The best carry them well, or they learn to do so over time.

Expectations of all variety accompany some 400 athletes to Portland, Oregon every December as Nike presents the National Championship (NXN) for cross country. For many, perhaps, they come to the Nike World Headquarters looking forward to gorging themselves on the experience. They expect to enjoy the feast of Nike gear they’ll be given; they look forward to the chance to meet world-class athletes and be treated like kings and queens is enough to satisfy many. Others may fly into Portland expecting a great race against the best in the country. Swag or no swag, their goal is to race fast and finish high.

Having earned the right to compete at NXN last season, Lauren Peurifoy was well aware of the treat she was in line for and so was giddy with excitement over the festivities the weekend is packed full with. But there was also a personal expectation to race well. In 2016, she finished 25th at NXN, just 4 tantalizing places out of All American honors. So here in 2017, she carried two goals: Have fun, make new friends, meet a few Olympians yes, … but when the spikes go on at the course Saturday morning, the expectation was to run well and earn that All American honor she fell just short of in 2016.

Typical, she had fun and a lot of it. With a roommate from New Hampshire and a few new California teammates to get to know, the smiles and kinetic energy were revealing a young athlete in her element. Given her experience and personality, she was asked by to be their social media insider for the weekend, posting for the outlet on their Snapchat account.

Unfortunately, the latter part of her weekend expectations didn’t go as she hoped. The course was muddy and soft after three days of rain and even with half-inch spikes on, she found the going difficult. “I got off to a bad start” she said afterward, speckled and streaked by wet Oregon mud. “By the first left-turn, I was just crammed into the pack.”

That pack consisted of 199 athletes, 45 of whom were running as “individual” competitors from their respective regions. Lauren was one of 5 California runners selected from the California State Championships a week earlier. Perhaps it was the hard effort of that race seven days prior that had an impact on how she felt in this final race of the year as she described the intense burn that normally comes in later stages of a race having arrived as early as 1000 meters into the 5000 meter race. “It was hard to keep going” she said later.

Gamely she did though, putting every drop of energy she had left to get across the line in 50th place, a disappointment for the competitive junior.

But disappointment and adversity are also part of what athletes carry through their careers, and, interestingly, its these things that often create new and more eager expectations for the future, along with the drive to meet them.

Knowing Lauren, that desire for 2018 had already started growing in her, even before the mud on her had begun to dry.

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