Cross Country

NKAC Recap

Posted On: October 12, 2019 Posted By: Toni McKee

What a morning! The weather was perfect for distance running and our athletes were determined to run well.

Girls Varsity

The Lady Camels were ready for business this morning as they focused on course strategy and again continued to strive for even mile pace. Olivia Holbrook took this pace training to a new level this morning by cranking out her most consistent splits yet. Straight from the gate she was in the top pack and maintained that place until she was able to pull away in the last half mile to clinch the NKAC large school individual Champion title. Not only did she win, but she broke the CCHS 5K record with a time of 18:53. The record was previously held by Camel Jennah Flairty, set in 2014. Emilie Zengel continued her hold on the large school pack by placing 6th in the large school race, once again running consistent splits and placing herself in great position to peak soon. Kaitlyn Strange broke her PR by 25 seconds, placing 18th. Kylie Little was close behind in 25th, just a few seconds from a season best time, and Emma Hogle ran a season best time and placed 48th. Grace Moloney ran a season best time by 40 seconds, and Sydney McKinney was close behind with a season best as well. Kristen Feiler rounded out the Lady Camels for the day. Overall the girls placed 3rd in the large school meet, and ahead of all of our regional opponents.
In girls JV, Destine Fury and Ana Pohlgeers worked to run times comparable to earlier in the season and finished strong.

Boys Varsity

The boys had a mix of experiences this week, ranging from nagging illness to phenomenal personal records. Noah Slone once again led the Camels, coming in 21st place and a time consistent with the last few meets. Adam Ruschman was just 18 seconds behind Noah in the Camels 2-spot this week, running a personal record by 38 seconds. Freshman Colin Grothaus made his debut in the 17s this week with a 30 second personal best, and only three places behind Adam. David Howard completed the PR trio by running a 32 second personal best as well. Anthony Ronnebaum battled illness all morning and was 5th for the Camels this week. Our 1-5 split hit 1:19. Brady Baker also ran a personal best by 2 seconds, and Ethan Schwalbach burst into the top 7 with a 27 second personal best time. Corey Robinson followed closely, and Josh Yang tied his own personal best. Joey Chaplin rounded out the Camels with one second season best. Overall the Camels finished 7th as a team. With the number of personal and season bests this morning, we are set to peak at region and run our best races.

Boys JV

Leading the Camels in the reserve race this morning, Jordan Hartig eased his way back into the racing circuit after having been sidelined in previous weeks with injury. He finished 10th overall with a time close to when he had to back off earlier in the season. The rest of the team made it rain with a downpour of Personal Records: Jackson Stewart dropped 38 seconds, Zach DeMoss dropped 1:34, Braden Neiser followed with a 1:18 drop, Morgan Reynolds was on his heels with a drop of 58 seconds, and Brandon Robinson decreased his time by 1:02. You can’t ask for more than running your absolute best time at this point in the season. This rookie group learned to race the 5K with intelligence, drive, and heart that was evident all season!

In total the boys ran 10 personal best times!

Although some runners may not have hit their goal this week, our overall times are in line for some peak performances at region. We should be very excited about going into the post-season based on our experiences in the past few races. Over the next two weeks, stay focused, energized, and intent on our goals and we will see great things happen!

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