Centerville Saturday Night Lights:
Overall we had a solid meet with average times being at, or very near, season bests. The meet was about 25 degrees hotter this year than when we ran last year, but our athletes still worked hard to overcome crowded race starts and lingering dust. It is not unusual to plateau (stay similar in your time) in the mid-season races. Not every race can be a record race, our bodies just aren’t built that way. Having some strong workouts and a weekday meet in the past 14 days is bound to have an effect from which our bodies have to rebuild and recover. If we continue to focus on the small technical aspects of our training, we will continue to see improvement.
In the Girls Open Race II, the Lady Camels had to battle the hottest part of the day. Leah Beggs led the Camels, and Destine Fury and Ana Pohlgeers worked their splits to aim for consistency.
The Boys Open Race II, is where we saw our largest number of personal records set for the night. Jackson Stewart was the first Camel across the line, followed by Zach Demoss and Garrett Eglian. Braden Neiser was close behind them and Morgan Reynolds ran his best race of the year with a new personal record. Nick Turner followed suit with a new personal record as he gained more experience at this race distance, and Brandon Robinson also dropped a personal record in his race. The JV boys finished 17/24 teams, with a 1-5 split of 3:42. This is a move in the right direction, as last year we lacked enough runners to score in the open!
The girls varsity race got off to a tough start with a sharp turn and some tripping up. Apparently too far in to call it back, the tangle took its toll on a few of the Lady Camels. Emilie Zengel was ahead of the mash up, and finished as the first Camel across the line in 53rd place of 318 runners. This a great feat for a freshman runner! Fellow Freshman Kaitlyn Strange was the second Camel to cross the line in 166th. Sophomore Kylie Little unfortunately was at the bottom of the 10 runner-pile up and had to run from behind her usual position the entire race. She made up quite a bit of ground and finished in 175th. Emma Hogle and Noel Slone were next for the ladies, and both finished the race with season best times. Sophie Loesch also cross the line with a season best, followed by Grace Moloney and Kristen Feiler. Sydney McKinney rounded out the lady Camels with the varsity girls’ only personal record of the night. Overall the ladies placed 29th of 44 teams with a 1-5 split of 3:03.
The Varsity Boys race was truly “under the lights” as total darkness set in. Noah Slone got off to a hot start and was able to finish in 45th place of 342 runners. Anthony Ronnebaum held onto the Camels 2 spot with a 129th place finish. Freshman Colin Grothaus continued his varsity progression by tying his personal best time, finishing 140th. Adam Ruschman and David Howard sealed the top 5 by finishing just 9 places behind and Cory Robinson and Brady Baker solidified the top 7. Josh Yang finished next for the Camels, finally breaking the 20 minute barrier and breaking a personal record with a time of 19:57. Ethan Schwalbach and Joey Chaplin completed the Camels top 10 for the night. In an extremely tight and competitive meet, the boys team placed 30th of 40 teams, and turned over a respectable 1:40 1-5 split.
Official Results: http://www.finishtimingresults.com/2019/09-21-SNL/
Toni is the Cross Country and girls Track & Field coach.
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