Here we go! Thirteen men ran a career personal best on a beautiful night for racing on the Hale Campus Course (The Elliot Kramsky 5k Course). The team finished 3rd overall in a very tight team race. A big thing that the guys took away was how big it can be to pass even just one guy. That is a two point swing and can make a major difference. With some big packs of runners, winning the pack can be the difference between 1st place and 3rd place as a team. That team focus must be the thought when it gets uncomfortable.
Alex White embraced discomfort and made the field work to keep up with him, throwing in surges and commanding the first place position from the start. When it got quiet on the 2nd half of the course, Alex kept the pedal down, opening up a big lead and winning the race. This was a great break out race for Alex, the one he has been waiting for patiently. He will now be gearing up for his best racing at sectionals next week!
Rounding out the scoring were Jack, Frank, Parker and Dylen, all of who ran career best races. In the second race Derek Forrester took a huge risk getting out in front and racing to a nearly 2 minute personal best time. He showed no limits and earned runner of the week honors for taking that chance and making it happen. Will Zagzebski earned a blood and guts award for putting himself in the race and competing his way to an over 2 minute personal best!
Through the week the guys showed a lot of love and building each other. This energy carried into the Thursday race and produced great outcomes. When focused on loving and being in the moment, the results are what they are. Good things are bound to happen when doing the right things the right way.
Joshua Truchon headed in looking to race for the all time GMC Meet record which had stood at 15:21 from the year prior on this same Rotary Park course. He raced to a very impressive 15:13 and conference championship. Pushing oneself like that racing alone is a very rare ability and is something that has been built on over years of training. The GMC has been around a long time with hundreds of elite runners, so this record is very special, but also we know bigger things are ahead. Joshua will now gear up for the state meet to be held in a few weeks.
Joseph Hertel put himself in a good spot and battled on Saturday to hold on to 3rd team all conference honors. He would consider this a bit of a down day which we love as he expects more, but to earn a top 18 finish in the GMC is still a nice accomplishment especially given it wasn't an 'A' race. That's exciting to know that Joseph can come in and let loose the next few weeks!
Rounding out the scoring were Brennan Kompas, Collin Raschka and Matthew Kees. This team is ready to let loose and roll.
The team prepares now for JV conference Saturday at Rotary Park, then the subsectional meet for varsity on Tuesday, October 20th in Waterford at Rivermoor Golf Course. I am putting info on our information page as I get it. I haven't received JV meet info yet or from sectionals.
Thank you parents for your support as always. Sorry if I have been running around at meets and unable to talk. My mind is on the guys when at practice and meets, and realistically all the other times of the day as well. :)
The team will practice Monday through Saturday (many guys will race JV conference Saturday). Then off on Sunday, pre meet run Monday and let loose Tuesday at sub sectionals.
PICTURE DAY - Monday, October 12th meet for practice at Hale Commons with your team issued green or gray jacket and black team pants(I think photo will only be top). Also, wear a clean mask. You'll do individual photos and then we will head over to the park to start practice.
Meet information - I will post in a meet lineup link on our information page once I receive the information! Thanks for patience, look back by mid week for the information. WIAA is still meeting Monday to finalize the sub sectional so all teams are waiting on final information for that. JV Conference information should come very soon.
Let's make it a great day. Let's make it a great week. Let's cherish every moment together.