September 9, 2018
The weather at Mason County with heavy rain at times and some flooding of areas on the course created conditions that make it difficult to compare times. This meet will certainly be one that will be talked about for years!
The Mixed JV race was able to get off without a hitch and athletes were able to run the full course.
In the boys JV results, Ethan Schwalbach got out strong and once again ran a PR time, placing 11th and earning a medal. Josh Yang followed suit with a PR and finishing 17th. Trenen Lowther competed well in his first 5K and place 21st, followed up by Joey Chaplin in 41 with a season best, and Colby Bates in his first cross country 5K.
In the girls JV results, 4 of 6 girls ran season bests, with Destine Fury placing 19th and Josie Daffron right behind her in 20th. Kristen Feiler crushed her goal and ran a season best followed by Taylar Reitman in 45th, Shaylee Gray in 46th and Maddy Little in 47th.
In the varsity races, the heavy rains and flash flooding forced a few changes on the course. While this means the distance may have been compromised, we still have some great performances. Keep in mind this shortened distance obviously makes times look fast, but even with the adjustment, our times would have been strong. Conditions of the course were muddy, slippery, and at times close to swimming instead of running!
In the varsity girls race, the ladies once again ran a 1-5 split similar to last week at 2:48, showing great consistency that sets the stage to drop again. Kylie Little and Allie Franzen ran in tandem most of the race encouraging and pushing each other. This push led to Kylie claiming 10th and Allie 11th, with both running 20:10 for the recorded times. Beam Kumkerd continued with her fierce attack of the course and claimed 32nd at 21:40, and Noel Slone reigned in 40th with 22:07. Savannah Krift cinched the Lady Camels 5 spot with 55th place and Emma Hogle (61) and Sophie Loesch (88) finished in the top 55% of the race. Overall the ladies pulled in 11 season best times among the 13 runners, and placed 5th of 18 scoring teams.
The Varsity Boys improved their 1-5 split again, posting a 1:49 differential. This type of pack running is what will keep us as a contender in regional competition. This pack also put the boys 5th place of 21 scoring teams, and among some of the best teams in the area. Overall the boys finished the day with every athlete posting a season best time. Jordan Hartig (13th) ran a 17:13 and Noah Slone grabbed the 14th slot at 17:14. Again we had a bit of a gap that we need to fill, but Anthony Ronnebaum continued his downward trend in times with 47th place, followed closely by Adam Ruschman in 50th. Scott Snedegar is still gaining experience and learning the race but placed 66th, and Corey Robinson (87) and David Howard (94) rounded out the Camels. This put all varsity boys runners in the top 50% of the race. Again, while times may be a little deceiving because of the course issues, we still have many gauges by which to measure. All those measurements show marked improvement.
Toni is the Cross Country and girls Track & Field coach.
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