It was an experience to say the least, as Hendrix and Lastra were able to meet with their competitors, even get their nails done in a mobile nail salon with World Champion steeple chaser, Emma Coburn, all before the race.
The Florida standouts geared up and lined up as teammates at Balboa park. As the gun went off, the field condensed into a giant pack till the mile mark where the field started to spread. Lastra and Hendrix stayed in the chase pack behind the top 20 girls.
The Florida ladies went out in around 2:34-2:35 for the first half mile. Lastra went through at 5:26 for 22nd place at the mile mark with Hendrix right behind in 5:27 for 30th.
Hendrix started picking off places for the last half of the race, finishing her second Foot Locker National race in a time of 18:06.3 in 17th place -- improving her performance from last year by 18 seconds. Lastra finished her first Foot Locker National race in style with a 26th place, 18:22 performance to become the first female Miami-Dade athlete to compete in a national cross country meet.