The Buchanan girls cross-country team is a close-knit unit.
“We have that special bond that not a lot of teams have,” said junior Meagen Lowe. “We wanna work for each other, cause if you run for yourself, you’re never gonna get to where you wanna be.”
On Saturday November 25th at the Division-I, CIF state cross-country championships, that strong bond helped the Bears take second place as a team. And perhaps even more impressive, was the dynamic duo of sophomore Corie Smith and Lowe, who became the first Fresno-area runners to ever finish one-two in the state race.
“We had a state champion before on the girls side in Hagen Reedy,” said Buchanan head coach Brian Weaver. “But a 1-2 (finish), never (before), that’s a pretty special day.”
“I’m really happy, this is amazing,” said Smith. “I came into this race wanting to get top-five and to win is insane.”
“We (Corie and I) just did what we do at practice every day,” said Lowe. “Run hard, push the last half of the race, and it paid off.”
Both of these girls have been running since the 4th grade. They are training partners, and kind of like sisters, so even though they both obvoiusly wanted to win, it felt like there were no losers in the end.
“I know she really had this goal in mind (to win the state meet),” said Lowe about Smith. “So for her to pull it off, I’m really proud of her.”
“It doesn’t even feel like I beat her,” added Smith. “It feels like we won it together.”
“You know, the first thing I said was, ‘Corie turn around and look, and see who’s behind you,'” said Weaver. “And once she saw that it was her teammate Meagen, they were just ecstatic, just for each other, amazing friends, amazing teammates. Who knows when it will ever happen again. Hopefully next year, but we’ll take this this year.”