We had a great week 1 with our annual team olympics and always amazing team skits that can be found under our Athlete Page if you want to see them.
The 2020 team has a good combination of experience and youth, and we see a ton of potential in this group.
Results with notes
Online Results - https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/175570/results
It was nice to compete against other teams again for the first time in almost a year for many of our guys! In the first 4k race, we had a huge crew of Hale guys, many of them competing in their first race with the team! Coach Dewitt and I have been very excited about our new runners. We see this group of freshmen and sophomores as a very special group that will develop into elite runners. After their first 5k this next week, I'll share some of our older guy's first races to show how much improvement occurs.
Dylen Eiler led our freshmen group, racing competitively up front to a 3rd place finish. Dylen's twin brother Deven also had a solid first race as a Husky. These two have been around the Hale program the last couple of years, and they will certainly be big time runners now that they are in the training system with these guys. Parker Szura joins us a sophomore this year after moving to Wisconsin from Illinois. He's a guy we are also extremely excited about as we feel he has huge untapped potential and will improve greatly with improved training and being around a strong group of runners. Parker has shown up big in some early workouts, and with more racing could be a huge contributor us sooner rather than later.
Tate Sormrude has really come a long way in just a short few weeks and his stride shows his potential to be a top tier runner. It was great seeing him be able to have a blast and compete in his first race. Along with him we also had the first races for Jose Valdivia and David Bevsek. Jose, on just his third day, and David, on just his 4th day, both went out and raced fearless!
Coach Dewitt and I see comparisons with our young freshmen to some past runners who went on to be all conference athletes, so trust us when we say there are bigger things ahead and that you have no idea what you are capable of. It's not an instant gratification game, but if you buy in and put in the work, things can get really fun. With more experience will come more confidence for all of these new athletes. They will be a special group to watch grow up together as well as make a huge impact on this year's success of the team.
The second race had some solid performances to kick off the season. Joshua Truchon's training has been great over the past year and he is excited to have a historic season and influence our other guys to do the same. Joshua used the first race as a very solid workout doing 4k/2k at fast up tempo. Our pack has been a big focus, especially in a season of smaller races where the 2-7 runners will have a huge impact. Joseph Hertel has emerged as one of the top runners in the state as well with his consistent and purposeful training. He had a solid debut and finished 3rd overall. Brennan Kompas has burst onto the scene as a front pack runner and has shown incredible strength this season. Those 3 set a great tone and placed well for the squad's opener.
We know behind them we have a group of guys that will be moving up an insane amount starting this week. Collin Raschka is ready to step it up in practice and get back with that top 3. Matthew Kees has amazing fitness and will be ready to do the same. Carson Shane is strong as can be and with more races will see huge improvement as well. Alex White has been a consistent runner who we know through the season will continue to improve as well and be a huge impact guy in our scoring.
Jack Hutter had a great debut race, and Cole Konczal is ready to get back to where he knows he can be after being vocal about his disappointment in his summer training. Cole has refocused to be in the present and with that can be his best with where he is. Jack and Robert are two guys on the cusp of breaking through and we look for them to take chances in practice and start pushing themselves to places they didn't think were possible.
This week - Betz Invite!
Practices will continue to be 7:45 a.m. Monday through Friday. Then, we have our first invitational this Saturday at Hale!
The meet will be unique as we are hosting it on campus and over two days. We will race Saturday morning at 9:00 and 9:40 a.m. against Slinger and Pewaukee. We are excited about the course and the competition this week. I'd like our guys to arrive at 8:00 a.m.
The meet info is found here
Next Monday is Labor Day and we have historically met at 6:00 p.m. on this day for practice. We will plan the same this year! As school starts next Tuesday, we will move our practices to be at 3:30 p.m. to allow athletes to continue to bike over or get to practice from home.