Today was our first real meet and I was super pumped for it. We got there at around 2:20 and my race didn't start till 5:45 so I tried to stay out of the sun as much as possible. Mountain Crest came and set up by us and it was really fun to talk to them. At 5:20 we did a 1.5 mile warmup and went back to put on our spikes/flats before going to the line. Since we are a new team we all have to order new uniforms. They were suppose to get here the day before Highland but there was a delay and they won't come till September 1st. We had to race today in our cotton team T-shirts in 92 degree weather. I was feeling really nervous before the race but it all went away when the gun went off. My plan was to start off easy and relaxed the first mile and then go harder the last 2 miles. I went out fast for the first straight away and then just stayed where I was in the pack for about the first .75 miles. I couldn't have really passed anyone before that anyway because there was so many people. There was a hill just before mile 1 and thats when I started to pick it up. My watch didn't load in time for the start of the race so I didn't know how fast I was going. I held that fast pace and was constantly passing people for the entirety of the race. We came around the last corner to the straight away for the finish and I could see the timer read 15:45. I pushed hard to the end and I wanted to break 16 minutes so bad but I ended up with a 16:05. I'm not disappointed with that time though. My goal for this race was to get sub 16:15 or get into the top 30 and I ended up getting 30th so I got both of those goals. I'd say that getting that time in the heat while wearing cotton T-shirts isn't too shabby. The hard work we put in this summer really payed off and I'm excited to see how well we do later on in the season.