We don’t usually “heat up” until the end of September. The weather forced our hand on that a little bit as we set a blistering pace in a talented field of 2A schools. The Varsity boys finished just 6 points shy of an invite win, losing out to Belvidere North who had too much power up front this week. They notched 1-6-13 with their front 3 to our own awesome 5-7-17. We did best them at #4, 5 and 6.
Richtman shows that he likes this course, running in the top 5 for the second year in a row. Kintz got his first taste of Afton, and like the rest of us, looks forward to returning in October, with cooler weather. Front two have some targets to shoot for in future races.
Great placement of Spaetzel (17) and Duffey (18), and Kuipers rounded out all scoring runners with the fastest finish by a #5 in the meet. Kainrath (37) had a terrific first meet, and has a lot to look forward to in XC this fall. Kurz set a new PR on the course, and Kantola was the second non scoring runner in the meet at 63rd place.
Messina and Wojak each fought hard throughout the hilly and dusty course. They’re getting stronger each week, and leading by example. Smith and Gingrich both notched new course PR’s for 3 miles. Awesome!
Our Frosh Soph team took notice of the strong start from Varsity. They rallied late after packing up and surging together through the first 1.5 miles. Sam Webster (6) took the top spot for the Knights with a new course PR, as did Nosek (8th). We look forward to this one-two punch often this fall. Wielgos is making it a three hit attack though, gathering his first award in his first race, finishing 13th overall.
Kyle Konrad finally raced in a KXC jersey after a long freshman year without a meet. He earned 18th, with Girolamo setting a :20 PR in 21st. Heiser gathered a medal with his 24th place effort as well.The pack split for FS was 70 seconds. This needs to shrink.
Purcell had a big PR over a year ago, leaving everything he had on the course. Lodwig rallied after a nasty fall last night to finish his first run in 45th place. Very gutsy effort! Crimmins and Wells looked tremendous, coming down the home stretch together. THIS is how we want to race! Babula and Jablonski repeated this feat about 30 seconds later with huge finishes. Klingensmith was right on their heels as well.
Kyle Orczykowski put in excellent effort in his first HS race and got an important one under his belt. Osborne rocked his race bettering his scrimmage pace by more than 3:00.
Big Knight. Don’t stop!