It was the best opening meet we could have asked for in starting the 2017 campaign. The varsity squad nailed a solid pack split, putting 5 in the Top 28 to earn a second place finish among some strong teams in Class 2A.
Richtman held off a surging Sterling superstar to earn the individual title with a time of 15:20, a meet record. Daniel Occhipinti cracked the top 12 with his own strong effort against Sycamore, running 16:42 on the hilly course.
Our team sealed an elite finish when the pack of checkerboards began pushing into the chute a few seconds later. Wielgos, Webster, and Heiser raced :15 apart to earn medals. . Lodwig just missed a medal but net a terrific 32nd effort in 17:25, as the top 6th man in the meet.
Petrik poured in a very good 18:39, as our seventh runner, bettering 27 scoring runners from other schools. Finn nabbed an 18:59, good for 66th. Purcell came in just 8 places later with a course PR of 19:07. Orczykowski celebrated his birthday in style by running 19:13, and a finish in the top half. Klingensmith was on his heels just 5 seconds later, keeping the checkerboard in his sights the whole way.
Drew Occhipinti smashed the 20:00 barrier in his first three mile race, crossing the line at 19:40. Warriors and courage take on many forms in races. Keep watching Drew’s improvements. Jablonski completed the day for varsity at 24:11, remaining positive and committed to excellence. Matt Konrad began his XC career with great effort in 25:04.
The frosh soph crew wouldn’t let their older brothers have all the fun today. These Knights put up more medal winning performances and met their Milestone with a top notch split.
Neal started scoring by racing 6th in a season’s best 5:50 mile pace. This was :20 faster per mile than in the scrimmage. Seth Nosek and Dallal teamed up for 13 and 14 with a second between them. Popovich was our next Knight into the Top 20, placing 16th in 14:45. Aaron Lodwig completed our scoring split by finishing 31st in 15:14, good for the :65 pack split. This is a great start!
Abruzzo and Fitts were in next, just two seconds apart, both with big PR mile paces over last week. Dunne was :07 per mile faster in this meet, finishing 43rd to get into the Top 1/3. Fountain was next at 57, :19 per mile better than Friday. Huber was right behind him (:21 improvement for mile pace).
Malone raced hard through the finish, another improving performance for PR pace and intensity. Holder had the “finish of the day” by hammering home his sprint to run 17:28 (2:13 PR from ‘16). Conley and Sussland stood up to the challenge and were brilliant in their efforts on the longer course. Woods raced competitively throughout and ran sub 24:00.
Solid effort and great Knight!