The true goal of today was not only to see you finally compete on a cross country course. We also wanted to begin to demonstrate that each and every runner makes an impact in our season; and we will go as far as the team is willing to push one another.
Tight battles throughout the race proved to make big impacts on first impressions, and huge improvements from 2015.
This year’s pack split for 1-5 shrank to just :55 among our first finishers. Matt Richtman kicked off his campaign with a 13:40 victory. Sam Webster and Daniel Occhipinti raced well in tandem through the first mile and into the chute, with Webster 2nd and netting a :45 PR from ‘15. Henry Nosek rolled in next, with a :03 PR, and Kantola put two Black team runners in the Top 5.
Wielgos looked tough as White team’s #2, and was seven seconds ahead of Orange’s Heiser who set a :38 PR. Lodwig and Purcell each put up valuable team points for Silver, and Petrik cracked the Top 10 in 16:05. Nemec was right on his heels, and looked very strong!
Best finish of the day came with Orczykowski outleaning freshman Patrick Riedel at 16:19. Kyle Or was White team’s #4 runner at 12th overall. Girolamo charged in next, and was nearly identical in time from 2015. Klingensmith made a run at Most Improved for the meet in a stellar 16:45. Kyle Wells smashed his 2015 effort, and finished a second behind Dalton.
White team’s scoring was completed when Seth Nosek crossed the line in 16:53, giving them scoring runners in 2, 6, 10, 12, 17.
Orange finished off their scoring next when Tony Abruzzo and Anthony Messina piled into the chute next. Orange was clearly the best dressed team of the day, and took home second overall as a team.
Scotty Dunne went from Orange to White in last night’s lineup adjustment. Missed warming up with White, so he was graciously picked up by Silver ahead of the start. He was later “special requested” by Black to complete their scoring when he finished a very strong 20th. Excellent effort and flexibility there!
Jablonski and Holder rounded out scoring for the Silver team, and each gained valuable experience ahead of our first meets next week. Arty Patrick completed his first high school run with the kind of support that we will all give and receive throughout this awesome and memorable season. After all, every man counts in this program.