This weekend the heat returned and really warmed up things for our races. This was also a week in which we were training through our race, meaning we may have been a little leg tired going into the weekend since it wasn’t a meet we trained for, but through (newcomers will learn to understand what that means). This means that while our times were not as fast as last weekend, we were on a different style of course and using it as a training day to work on consistent mile pace and focus on our middle mile. We should see another drop in times in two weeks if training goes well. All of this will make sense when it comes together in time for region.
Varsity girls finished 11 of 26 scoring teams, just 4 points from our closest region competition. Sidney Reagor earned a medal by fighting through the finish to grasp 8th place. Allie Franzen continued her improvement finishing her highest yet in a meet this big at 27th place. Savannah Krift pushed through her second mile as planned and grasped the 3rd Camel position and finishing strong in 80th place. Devan Carrigan (98th) and Sophie Loesch (144) wrapped up the Camel scoring squad in a race of 222 runners. All worked hard on the strategy to fight through and push on the second mile, and their splits show that improvement.
JV girls were led by Noel Slone who won a medal and finished 6th overall. Josie Daffron also came in strong through the shoot in 15th place and Destine Fury (35)and Brianna Stadtmiller (44) finished in the upper half of the race. Madeline Feiler paced herself well and finished within seconds of her goal for the day, and Justice Williams, Sarah Reynolds, and Maddy Little wrapped the Camel pack for the day. With over 92 runners, the JV girls placed well in the race and worked hard on their individual strategies.
In the varsity race, the boys clenched a 10th place finish out of 37 scoring teams, with a phenomenal 1-5 split of 2:02. Now if we can just move that pack up higher and have all runners healthy, this team of Camels will be state bound for sure. Christian Slone once again led the Camels with a 28th place finish in a high competitive front end of the race. Noah Slone (53rd) worked well into the pack, and Jordan Hartig (68th) again ran fairly consistent miles to finish strong. Freshman Adam Ruschman found his legs again this week and reestablished a spot in the scoring top 5, followed by Anthony Ronnebaum to round them out. Brennan Perkins continues to close that gap with only 37 seconds separating him from Anthony, and Philip Waymeyer pushed through to a strong finish.
The Camels finished 7th of 13 scoring teams, led by Freshman Corey Robinson in 38th place as he edges closer to varsity contention. Freshman Ethan Schwalbach (61) continued his improved performances and Josh Yang (65) closed the gap on him by finishing just 9 seconds behind. Noah Franzen (75th) finished in the top half of the race, followed by Joey Chaplin (111) and Scout Lopez (117).
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