We surely could have run a team on the shorter course, but what better way to prepare for our date in Peoria than by putting all our horses in one race? You certainly used the course to your advantage and found ways to pack up. This is the recipe for success to those who wear the checkerboards.
Seniors raced the Elburn Woods course for the last time, and all ran with conviction and determination. Park was able to repeat his role as a front runner, and is looking good in the process. Richtman and Spaetzel were always within 10 seconds of him. This is critical to our pack success.
Reger and Kuipers ran career best races on the hilly and uneven Elburn Woods course. Mitch beat his best by :12, and Will did so by 1:14!
James Walker finished off his race like it was his last, with a strong kick to outlast charging sophomore, Kantola. Andrew bettered his previous PR at the Woods by :46. Very exciting to see the youth of this team racing close to those teammates they workout with during practices.
Sam Webster has been coming on strong of late, and finally is feeling healthy and prepared for the distances. French competed very well and was just nipped at the finish, yet still making the Top 20.
Taking their first runs of the hilly 3 mile loop in Elburn, Henry Nosek and Zach Kurz set strong standards to measure themselves against next fall when we return to the Woods for more races.
Alex Gale offered a fierce kick at the finish but refrained from using his martial arts moves on the YHS Fox who bettered him at the line. Messina found out just how challenging this home course is, and he will be better served with the experience gained.
Wojak and Heiser, Parks and Wells, all in their first varsity races at the Woods ran strong times and races. Peyton outlasted a late charge from a YHS Fox, and Parks demonstrated his own brand of courage, running on a bum ankle.
Smith is really going to blossom in the near future, as he’s just learning how all this cross country training fits together for races. Stick with it, Ben, you are learning quickly and effectively.
Purcell may not have had his best run of the year, but not every race can be an 8, 9, or 10. Believe in yourselves, and the rest of the field will believe in you too.
Piazza broke away from his pack late, Kasap outleaned Gingrich. Osborne will look for more support from his peers in upcoming races, call him up! Cole Rutter has done a tremendous job of working his way back from injury, and truly should be looked up to for his desire to run through the aches. We need more of this! He WANTS it! So take note of his heroic effort.