Our 1-8 spread has tightened to 90 seconds.
Points matter! Just 11 points separated 4 teams. We were on wrong end of it this week, but that is good for learning and motivation headed into next week! Conference will be close scores! Great teams including us, a lot of possibilities - love wins.
We had 9 men ahead of our 5th scorer from last year at this time, and 8 at our ahead of our 3rd scorer in terms of places. We are battle tested with great competitive meets, and ready to roll the next three weeks!
A strong pack. Our team is only as good as our pack. The sum of our parts.
Congratulations to John and Eli for both medaling. Congrats to Ethan, Kai, Koda, Iker, Joel, Michael and Joseph on lifetime best races! Our team is built on interchangeable parts and the pack.
Fastest first miles for whole team, setting us up great for competitive October racing!
Congratulations to Michael for scoring for the first time!
Great group with some awesome long runs on Saturday!
For The Team. Let's go! #Build #Love
2023 Results Workbook
This Week - GMC
For some that don't make the state team roster, conference will be your last race for the season! We chose to focus on improving at conference with our young up and coming crew. This will encourage our young athletes to perform well at conference and in the future sectionals and state as well! Learn from our experienced athletes who will set the example.
GMC Team Lineups and Times
Info From Hosts
Thank you to the Roemer family who will host the pasta party Friday for conference! Their house is walkable distance from Hale as well for those that need a ride usually.
12224 W Cleveland Ave
Sectionals t-short store is online only and will be closed on October 10th. Click the link here to order,
Sectional Apparel Order - Due October 10th.
They are charging to park in the lot for sectionals, you can order a pass here,
Sectional Parking Pass
Only seven men will go to the line at sectionals, and we will have around 9-10 guys continue training sectional/state weeks.
Post Season Banquet/Uniforms
The Banquet for the team will once again be the Thursday following the state meet. This year it is Thursday, November 2nd at 4:15 p.m. We are hoping to once again do a potluck where families each bring an item! Use the sign up below to sign up to bring food and/or utensils/plates/bowls. We have 22 athletes and can assume around 2 family members per athlete.
Banquet Sign up
The Monday after state on Monday, October 30th all athletes will need to turn in all issued uniforms (Jerseys, shorts, Jackets) after school in Coach Dewitt's room. Anything not turned in will be assessed a fee to cover the cost of the item. I'll touch base on winter sports and running opportunities there as well.
Laser Relays Recap
On our most challenging course yet, the men finish 5th overall out of 29 teams at the Laser Relays. On our 5th consecutive weekend of competing, we had some imperfection but the team still was able to show a high standard of competing with another top 5 finish.
A great example of how a change in perspective can help in running, Eric Harvey was able to start the day off with an individual victory. This was our third individual this year to win a race! It was one of the biggest fields of athletes this year as well, with some tight spots in the woods made for some fun racing for the guys and great experience headed into championship season. The loading up of eight men on the varsity level and without a couple potential scorers, the team still did a great job nabbing a 10th place finish thanks to the first place finish and some of our best races from the 3-5 guys.
The next two races were combined for a team score, both by time and place but of course I look at the real scoring of places! Three scorers in the top 34 helped the team secure a 5th place finish. It is also promising to see the top 8 scorers tightening as a pack as we move into the most important races of the season. The biggest factor into how the team performs will be how much they can love one another and support each other to have no limits. Let's go!
This coming week is a much needed mental/physical break from racing. Even going into the last meet, we took a much more relaxed mental approach, focusing on a good three weeks of just training and building some more strength headed into the championship season!
2023 Results Workbook
Monday's practice is the annual lakefront run! This is a run that guys earn a spot to run and practice will be at 1:30 p.m. at Hale for those that are making the run. For those not listed, they will have off today and should not report to practice. They are free to go on a run of course. The following thirteen men should report for practice tomorrow,
The team will run from Hale to Lake Michigan using Oklahoma Avenue. Upon finishing at the Lake, we will do some strides, hang by the lake a bit and then head back in the school vans to Hale for pick up. I would estimate around 4:30 p.m. for return but please give some variability here, a lot depends on how quickly we get the run going, rush hour traffic on return and other factors.
The team will then have normal after school practices Tuesday through Friday. There will be NO formal meet up on this coming weekend. Some men may be assigned a run to do with teammates or on their own. We will pick things back up again next Monday then.
The following week - Thursday meet at Mccarty!
Here's the lineups and times of the meet, I will link meet information when I get it from hosts,
Meet Information for Viking
Pasta Party for Wednesday, October 4th will be at the Sayegs, 3054 s 96th street
Muskego Invite Recap (Birth of the Spirit Chair?!)
Another great team weekend! In and already strong and now improved Muskego Invitational including the addition of two additional state ranked teams, the men took 4th overall knocking off 16th ranked Slinger and finishing with in striking distance of 15th ranked Wisco and a very good should be ranked Pewaukee team. It was another good performance at what will be our sectional course in a bit over a month's time from now.
The Youth Boost
The emerging varsity race started the day off with a 5th place team finish, led again by a strong trio of Koda, Preston and Brody. We call it emerging varsity for a reason, everyone's mission is to contribute to our team's success and we will see two of those guys racing at the varsity level next Saturday as well. Whether on varsity level or not, every guy impacts how the day will play out! Damien was the 4th man, while stepping up to score for the first time after a fantastic week of practice was freshman Joel Galarza! It is fun to see on the results workbook for this week, I put the times that Eli, Bronko and Kai ran on this same course as freshmen two years ago, should be a big motivator for a few of our freshmen squad to see that they are all near where those guys were! In addition, we had two other freshmen again finish in our top 8 scorers for the day. This is a HUGE boost to the team to have frosh making an immediate impact, and has provided great energy to make our entire program better.
Another frosh, Henry Roemer had a wicked first mile this week! That's that fire we love. It was awesome to see him show some of that awesome ability we know he has and he will continue to connect with the guys and really grow into a great runner. Shout out to Preston Vahovick for the minute personal best and passing five guys that last mile! Shout out to Gavin Goldsmith on his first ever 5k race. Much love to Sam who rolled an ankle during the race and gutted it out to finish, we will look to take care of him this week along with Will who will take a week off of racing and regroup for a strong finish! We hope for it to be the Lincoln and Michael show this week as we look for them to go out and crush it at practice and have a great finish to their seasons.
Patient progress in this sport, that's what leads to bigger performances. Coming off a big team win at Grant Park, the team finished 4th, knocking off 16th ranked Slinger, and in striking distance of 2nd. Coaches will talk more to the dudes at the Monday meeting, but families can check out the results workbook notes too for some other high level team notes. The guys get the guts of the information! We love the build of our squad and are in an awesome spot.
Elijah battled a bit on Saturday and held on to finish 6th for the team. It was a good display of racing where you are at! He wanted to be up a bit further but still battled to finish high up in the race for the team. True long term studs take time to develop, and he's done a great job finishing top 10 in every race so far. Following close behind were some more developing studs. John Gruichich who passed 19 guys the second mile then held on great the third mile finished as the second man this week. Ethan Plier was next up passing 7 guys and a net positive 3 spots up through the race as well. The last two weeks we have been developing Ethan and John's racing strategies and it has been awesome to see them learning and executing, we know there's a lot more there too just with current fitness alone, which is extremely exciting for them and the team.
Kai Bruner in his second varsity race back battled really well and is determined, telling coaches he knows he can be a sub 17 contributor. We know that as well and that will be quite the nice scoring five to have. Joseph battled through being sick and ran a personal best to finish as our number 5 scorer. Let's get him healthy and feeling good and he has potential to run with those guys as well as he continues to learn. Nate Hutter continues to rebound from Betz and will next develop speed over the next six weeks to sustain the fast early paces we set out to have! Eric Harvey is ready to bounce back after this week and will be super motivated to accel up front in practices and take some more chances with our top group.
Our medalists Eijah, and John from the varsity Race. Koda Bruner from the emerging varsity race with three straight top 7 finishes. He will get his first varsity opportunity Saturday.
2023 Results Workbook
Laser Invitational Information
The men have the early races this weekend!
See the information below for bus information, race times and lineups. Also this week, please click on the information from the hosts! This meet is at Naga-Waukee Park which is a Waukesha County Park and charges a parking fee if you park in the park area.
Team Information and Lineups
This is a unique meet with a split varsity race. We will be racing 8 on varsity this week, with 4 in each race.
The Vahovick's are hosting pasta this Friday! 12465 W Euclid Ave
Looking Ahead to the week after
Monday, September 25th - Lakefront Run -
There is no school on this day and we are going to practice for EVERYONE at 1:30 p.m. at Hale. This is our annual lakefront run so it will be a bit longer practice, expect to be done around 4:00/4:30 p.m. We will have staggered starts (some will run whole length to lake, while others will be dropped off closer) and run as packs down to Lake Michigan. We will drive them back after, some like to get ice cream/food at Oscar's after the run as optional thing so bring some money if you are interested in doing so after the run.
New families - how the season rolls from here-
The team has an off weekend of racing on the week of the 25th, and will have off Saturday/Sunday the 29th and 30th, for anyone making plans! The next competition will then be Thursday, October 5th at Mccarty Park. Anyone not making the sectional roster as competitors or alternates, the last competition this year for those guys will be at the Conference meet. We will not be attending the Grant Park JV meet. We want our young guys to have their best performances at conference! Then seven guys plus an additional three alternates or so will continue on to race at sectionals and state the following two weeks after conference.