Big Week - Runathon and Betz
Changing the Runathon and race schedule last week pushed us up closer against our home invitational which meant three race level efforts in a span of six days. We are proud of many of the efforts from the team this past week.
The runathon saw three men run around 9.7 miles at a 6:10 average mile pace. Three more men averaged 6:30 pace for 9 miles. Very strong efforts coming two days after a strong opening meet!
Featuring six state ranked teams, our home meet provided great competition once again. About 40 points separated 7 teams. Not racing quite as well as we would have liked, we still were able to close the gap on Germantown who defeated us quite handily the week prior, reminding the guys the great part of the sport is just being ready in October knowing that each race is a clean slate and things change quick week to week in this sport.
Koda Bruner finished 7th overall and was our 7th man Friday, moving up a ton during the race. Joel Galarza ran over a minute faster than last week and is learning how to race! We look forward to having Joseph back this week after being smart with hopefully a minor flare up on Thursday.
JV (Emerging Varsity)
Yes, I like to call it emerging varsity because that's how this sport is. Everyone contributes to the team with the energy they bring, and every guy should be working toward being a future scorer on varsity. For some that may be soon, for others it may be months away, but the effort should be toward that.
We made the decision to move Kai Bruner to this level for the week. He had a piriformis issue he has been working through which has meant no workouts over a ten day stretch. Kai has done a great job with strength work and was ready to give an effort on Friday, but to keep confidence up and not knowing how he would feel, we chose this route. Things obviously went well, Kai won his second consecutive cross country meet by over 20 seconds, pulling away from the lead pack at about 3k!
Preston Plier and Brody Kaminski provided a strong 2nd and 3rd leg, putting our top 3 scorers in the top 32. Adding depth back on this level with Koda, Joseph and Gavin this week will certainly help our team score, but Friday our 4 and 5 were too far back. Give Lincoln credit for hanging tough and moving up to be our 4th man as some of our guys struggled to maintain position. His race gave us 15 less points and helped us hold off a strong Pewaukee team by 3 points. There's definitely more effort to give in practices from some of the guys who struggled at halfway of the race. How we do anything is how we do everything.
Got to give Eric some love, he was amped up to go! We talked about taking risks in races and Eric gave it a shot early. We will look for a bit more composure and confidence this week and a smarter start, looking to take those risks mid race as opposed to the first 400 meters. Racing for the team is all about everyone doing their jobs to beat the top 5 from other teams as a collective.
Elijah Sayeg placed 10th overall, and our team improved by almost 150 points from last season. Johnny Gruichich and Ethan Plier had HUGE breakthroughs with the Monday runathon and it will translate to the next race. A good reset weekend with an easy recovery run will get all the guys benefitting from the big week and more prepared to compete as we move along this season. Bigger things to come, and I believe this Saturday can be a special one.
I had a blast being able to COACH on Friday! I am getting better at running the invitational and was laser focused on just coaching after set up was all done. Thanks to everyone for understanding the work it takes to put on a meet like that. Love doing it and glad I was able to fully invest in being out with the team once things got running. I know a couple people tried handing me runathon money which I appreciate it! But I did not take it because I would have immediately lost it given all the responsibility I had. Please just bring it Monday as the final day, I am turning it in Tuesday to our AD.
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Practice Labor Day!
We are practicing at 6:00 p.m. Monday, meet by the weightroom area. School will NOT be open so come dressed to run. Guys can use vehicles to store items. We will be going long so be sure to hydrate and eat well through the day to have a great run.
School begins Tuesday which will be an adjustment. Remember good breakfast, good lunch and snacks packed. Coaches will put some small snacks in Coach Dewitt's room as well if guys need to get some calories. Let's make it a great school year!
We head to Grant Park Saturday! The team has an awesome opportunity here. I will leave it at that. :)
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DON’T FORGET THAT WE ARE ASKING EVERYONE (athletes, coaches, parents, & spectators) to bring one non-perishable food item for our local food pantry.
It is very important that you remind your parents and fans that they may have to park on city streets if the parking lots in the park are full. This could happen as early as 9:15 am. It is much easier leaving the meet when you park on city streets. There is parking on the west side of Lake Drive. Signs will be posted on Lake Drive to show people how to get to the CC course. The south entrance to the Park by the golf course clubhouse will be closed until 12:30 pm.
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