Thank you parents and family members for stepping up to help as needed. There will always be challenges but you Found A Way through them.
The high powered home meet brought motivation for the young team to see what it will take to run with the best. There's no reason this team can't do just that over the coming weeks, and this meet will hopefully be the catalyst for that to happen.
The frosh boys race was a fun way to kick off the meet. Ethan got out to a perfect first mile start, patiently working his way up to the lead. As his confidence builds, we know he has the fitness to run away from the pack but we were pumped for his awesome 3rd place overall finish. He showed grit coming back on the 3rd place runner and finishing strong. Big things to come. His brother also has had a great first 3 months of high school training which have paid off immensely already. Finishing as second men in a solid 23rd place, Preston also has some big things ahead. Michael, Lincoln and Sam rounded out the scoring, with Sam gutting out a rolled ankle to be 5th man. We look for those three and Travis to be MUCH more aggressive in racing this next week and beyond, and that will start from putting in great effort at practices.
Wyatt Nitz, our lone senior, competed in his first career XC meet and led the JV squad. Brody continues to improve after a solid summer of running. Will, Damien and E-Man rounded out the scoring. E-Man had another big personal best and it will be fun to see him continue to improve. This group will continue to build in strength and make the team better as well.
Our last race saw the most firepower and gave our group of five some great experience as well. The final team scores aren't where we like our program to be, but we can't make expectations, we have to make things happen on our own accord. The men now see what it will take to get to the next level. Bronko had the best start and we will look for our scoring 5 to put themselves up there early going forward. Eli and Kai worked their way back up while Bronko battled better than last week to finish stronger. Nate came in as the 4th man and is fast improving. A good reminder to him he's only been at distance running for a few weeks so expect some huge improvements with continued building. Eric rounded out the scoring and definitely wants more out of himself. His strength is at a new level and we have no doubts of his ability. Expect to see this group become more and more dangerous as their experience grows!
As I said last week, don't wait for things to happen, make them happen. Don't just be a part of it, be it! How you practice is how you will perform.
Full Team Results
2022 XC Photo Album - Feel free to add
This Week - Druckrey Invite at Grant Park
See below for our meet info and lineups for this weekends race at Grant Park, a great course the kids love. Remember as always this is the beginning of the week lineup and is subject to change. We are excited for a great week of trainining, kicking off with our Monday evening long run!
Monday/Labor Day practice at 6:00 p.m. Come dressed to run - no school availability! We will do our long run today and are looking for an awesome effort. Practice should wrap up for most around 7:45.
The Kabb family will be hosting Friday's pasta party at 5:00 p.m. Their address is 2339 S. 97th St. Thank you!
I will still collect Run-A-Thon money, there's just a couple that hadn't turned any in. Thank you for raising money to help the team!
Our last note for families is to be sure to allow the athletes space before and after races for their warmups, racing and then cooling down just as you would with any other sport. We had a few athletes separated from the team and it caused disorganization and broke up the unity of the team. The JV squad barely made it to the starting line for the race and the freshmen squad had dynamics split up for a few that weren't at the line yet. They will also be cooling down after races. When all said and done there is plenty of time to rejoin them and talk with them. Thank you!