High School Sports

‘I am going to do well or I’m not’: Morro Bay runner says success a matter of the mind

Morro Bay High junior Audrey McClish.
Morro Bay High junior Audrey McClish. tgibson@thetribunenews.com

Morro Bay junior Audrey McClish feels like one of the things that has helped her early season success is her pre-race demeanor.

“I am good at not getting stressed out before races because I know either I am going to do well or I’m not,” McClish said.

Her simple approach and realistic expectations have led to top results in the first two races of the 2017 cross country season. McClish won the 4,500-meter race at the Morro Bay Invitational two weeks ago in 19 minutes, 17 seconds, and Saturday she finished second (19:20.6) at the competitive 3-mile race at the Ojai Invitational.

McClish said she is already thinking about her senior track and field season, one that she hopes holds big things, but her short-term goal is all about the team.

“I have been less concerned with my times and not individual placing,” McClish said. “This season it’s all about getting the team to state. That would be amazing.”

Morro Bay finished sixth at Ojai behind SLO High (2nd) and Atascadero (5th), behind good showings from junior teammate Anelise Dempsey (11th) and freshman Adrienne Frere (32nd).

McClish said she’s gearing up for the two big Los Padres League races — the LPAL Duals on Oct. 4 and the LPAL Finals on Nov. 11 in Morro Bay.

“It will be tough this year, but at least it will be at home,” McClish said of the final league race.

McClish and Morro Bay will be in action Saturday at the Burg Invitational at Santa Margarita Lake.