Week 9 (GMC Conference Meet)
It's an awesome time to be a part of Hale Cross Country! This youthful team continues to improve and trust in their hard work. We are bringing great positive energy each day and it's been a fun group to coach! This week is another competitive week as we race in the Greater Metro Conference Meet which will be at a familiar site, Rotary Park in Menomonee Falls. It will be a great week of continued growth and boys going after big performances!
The varsity boys took 8th place out of 21 teams, while the JV took 9th. This was a competitive invitational, as most all of ours have been this year. We were happy with our JV packs which moved up a ton during the race, but know we could have been up a bit further early on, so we are excited to learn and improve in that area! The varsity competed well once again, and are definitely prepared for their best three weeks to be at the conference, sectional and state meets.
Sophomore Joshua Truchon ran an excellent race this Thursday, taking first place overall out of 156 runners in the varsity race (and 553 total runners in the invitational!). It was definitely an exciting moment for the team, coaches and fans involved as he pulled away the last mile from some other very good runners. The Hale coaches were not surprised at all by Josh's performance, having watched him continue to enjoy himself and trust his training. His positive and consistent work is what brought him from 13th in the JV race here one year ago, to overall winner this year! There is no limit for him or any other guy, and we look forward to continued growth over the coming weeks and years from him! His time of 16:04 (currently) ranks him 3rd all time in Hale CC history. The year was 2001 when a Hale runner last won this invitational. Keep it rollin'!
This did not over shadow many of our great performances. Junior Liam Kelley finished in the top 15 once again. He has been top 20 in every race he's run this season. Senior Brad Glisczinski finished 31st with a season best time of 17:26. All three have been leading the way this season, putting our team in a great position. Matthew Kees and Brennan Kompas finished out our scoring this week, and it was the first time Brennan has scored for varsity! Matthew and Brennan were both nearly a minute faster here than last year, and are two more guys who have been putting in consistent positive work. Although Ethan Fisher didn't have the race he wanted, he's ready and dangerous these next two weeks as can be seen in practices. Our entire varsity roster this week is comprised of guys steadily improving due to consistency, and this has been the main message to our young group this week and this year!! The consistency and dedication each of us applies will carry over into where we take this program over the coming years. Young guys you have no idea how far you can go with that consistent work! Keep it up boys!
Cole Konczal led the JV squad and is going to be joining the varsity squad once again for conference this week. He was out aggressive and ran to another PR time on a tougher course than was last week. Frank Bevsek got out exactly how we wanted our group to get out! He will do the same this week, looking to hold on better the 3rd mile and compete up front in the conference meet. Ethan Osowski broke through with a big personal best time, and competed very well for us today, helping out the entire group. Jack Hutter, Jordan Pope, Chase Witty and Ryan Bergeman also ran career bests today. It will be fun to watch this entire group to see who puts in the time and enjoys the training to become their best for the team! Jaylon Alexander completed his first 5k for Hale and looks to continue to work hard as well.
We hope to have a few other guys back this week racing. Continue to enjoy your teammates, put in max effort and never set limits on what you and the team will achieve!
#AllForTheCause #FullSends #NoLimits
Week 9 Schedule
Our homecoming week falls on the week of conference. You will have plenty of time Saturday after the meet to enjoy the dance and friends. Let's make sure we keep up on sleep and studies through all of the extracurricular activity that will occur this week! Prioritize the important things.
Monday - Friday -- normal practices @ 3:20. Bring warm/dry clothes!
No pasta party this week due to homecoming week parade for band guys. We plan to have informal pasta Friday at Noodles and Company.
Saturday, October 13th - GMC Conference Meet. Run fast!
Tenative lineups and official race times for Saturday
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