In the boys race, the three wave system in play definitely made for the most interesting state meet in history. Each of our qualifiers was in each wave. Senior Noah Slone started the day off for the Camels in Boys 3A Wave 1. He worked to break up the Conner and CovCath pack, finishing a place higher among our region runners than last week. He finished his HS XC career in 35th of 282 runners, and with a season best time. Colin Grothaus was in Wave 3 and ran solid mile splits throughout the race. As a sophomore, he finished in 199th place, and just one second off of his season best time. Adam Ruschman seemed to struggle just a little to get in a groove during the race, but pushed hard especially through the mentally tough 3rd mile. Overall, the boys hit some season goals by qualifying for state and securing some season best times in the past two weeks.
In the girls race, our team was in Wave 3, completing the final race of the class 3A championships. It was difficult to judge team place and set goals being in 3 different waves and trying to compare to where other teams were. We did our best to focus on place and pack. Emilie Zengel once again led the Lady Camel team with a 77th of 269 runners. Her consistency and focus on pace have kept the Lady Camels moving forward in the ranks all season. Kaitlyn Strange closed tth 1-2 gap and finished just 20 seconds behind Emily and only 11 seconds beyond her season best. Noel Slone was 33 seconds from a season best on a fair course, but continued holding to that 3 spot with a solid run and hard finish. Kennedy Johnson was our lone Personal Record set this week, as she dropped 17 seconds from her time and finished only 3 seconds behind Noel. Senior Sophie Loesch scored once again as our 5th runner, giving the ladies the 1-5 split of 3:26. Senior Grace Moloney was only 5 spots behind her and Abi Bauer 10 spots back. As a team, the ladies finished 27th of 35 scoring teams, and over 60 represented teams. While that was not quite with our beginning season goal, being there this year was a great accomplishment.
While we know many of the athletes were a little disappointed with times, the course times were consistent with other courses, and overall we were consistent with our times from region. As we talked about Saturday, our training was strong and on par with previous years, but having the disadvantage of racing so few 5Ks was sure to have some effect. The entire state faced similar challenges throughout the season, and I know we are grateful to have had an uninterrupted season to begin with–even with those challenges.
Great job on the season. Keep working hard and nothing can stop you!
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