Rachel Goodrich was one of the impact freshmen of last fall's 4A season.
These Golden Girls aren't the Golden Girls you used to know (or maybe that some of you used to know). Those Golden Girls probably couldn't have run their way out of a pair of high heels (though it would undoubtedly have been entertaining to see them try). These Golden Girls are a different story altogether.
In case you hadn't noticed, Golden girls high school cross country has been on a fairly steady rise of late. That upward trajectory pushed them to 7th at last year's state meet, and they probably aren't done yet.
Rachel Goodrich and Mary Fox return as the pretty clear 1-2 from last year's team. Goodrich, though, had a very limited track season and will be aiming to get her swift feet back underneath her this coming season. Fox, on the other hand, had a solid spring and even got some international mountain racing experience under her belt over the summer.
Madelynn Gerritsen, a transfer from Platte Canyon last year, added a lot of depth to the Golden roster and eventually slid into the #3 slot.
Maricel Mequi, Mya Baker, and Grace Searls also return from last year's team with considerable varsity experience. Mequi played soccer in the spring, and Baker saw very limited action in track and field, but the trio gives Golden two more sub-21s and one more sub-22 to bolster the roster.
It's hard to say exactly who all will be coming in via the freshman class, but one who would appear to be coming in is Jadyn Goodrich, and yes that surname is familiar. The younger Goodrich was 4th at last year's middle school state meet and promises to have an immediate varsity impact this fall. I am, however, making an assumption that she enrolls at Golden.
With last year's varsity roster essentially intact, and with the addition of at least one impact freshman on the roster, Golden figures to be every bit as strong as last fall, and perhaps a couple steps up from last fall.