Yesterday our Workout of the Day was one that Cashlee Rayas completed as a freshman at Dallas Baptist University. I’ve now had the pleasure of coaching Cashlee for five years and have loved every minute of it and am thankful that she represents the Greater Texas Track Club Elite.
Cashlee happens to be a mixture of one of the most talented runners I have ever coached and one of the most coach-able runners I have ever coached. In all of the years that I’ve coached her, she’s never asked why, and she’s never questioned anything we’ve done, even when some of those decisions weren’t the best (read yesterday’s post).
This fall was Cashlee’s debut for the Greater Texas Track Club where she completed her first half marathon. Unfortunately, some bad luck with rolling her ankle twice has delayed the start of her 2018 campaign. However, she is currently back to training and will be racing over multiple distances this spring as she gets back into the swing of things.
I personally believe that Cashlee could be a 2020 US Trials qualifier in the marathon, but it will take the next two years of dedicated training and racing for that to happen. If we are able to get that in, there is no doubt that she’ll be lined up in 2020.
Cashlee’s personal best times are as follows:
1500 meters — 4:40.51
3000 meters — 10:03.49
5000 meters — 17:08.31
Cashlee was also one of the top-30 finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year award in 2017. This award takes into account her acts of service, her GPA, and her athletic achievements.
Cashlee is a very young runner who has a lot of talent. I personally can’t wait to see what happens with all of that talent in 2018!