Sunday, October 5, 2008

BOYS Portage results

Portage CC Invitational, the largest XC meet in the midwest. 160 cross country teams and 42 of them in our division 2.
The boys race featured NINE of the top ranked teams in the state and the GHS harriers ended up a solid 23rd.
On the boys side they called this meet the STATE FINALS BEFORE THE STATE FINALS. How often can you run against the top 9 teams in the entire state in one race on one day? This is a true barometer of where we stand right now and I'm very happy with our finish for this young boys team.

23. 612 GAYLORD ( 17:45 1:28:41)
1 66 Andrew Olds Gaylord 12 17:06
2 122 Jayden Hesselink Gaylord 11 17:47
3 128 Bryan Slocum Gaylord 10 17:49
4 138 Sean Hope Gaylord 9 17:55
5 158 Lucas Avenall Gaylord 9 18:04
6 (180) Joe Jones Gaylord 10 18:18
7 (220) Jake Pasternak Gaylord 9 18:45

Finishing 23rd out of 42 teams puts us mid-pack and puts us within striking distance of Chip Hills, one of our regional rivals. This place also puts us close to the 2005 team that narrowly missed qualifying for the state finals and gives us some confidence in our speed. I couldnt be happier for this hard working group of boys. I'm also extremely pleased with our sophomores and freshmen. If we scored this meet as a freshman/sophomore event we'd easily have finished in the top 3 - a great sign of our future. Six out of our seven boys today had personal best times and Andrew Olds was only about 15 seconds off his best. Our biggest goal now is beating Cadillac and Petoskey in our next, and final, BNC meet at the Gaylord Country Club on Oct. 14th.

Another highlight of our success today was the 58 second time gap between our #1 and #5 runner, this is great and if we can get it down to 30-40 seconds we'll have an outside shot at top 3 at the regional meet. Its tough to single out one or two rboys who had a great race today - they all did really. Probably the biggest improvement from past meets was Joe Jones in 6th man position at 18:18. Joe seems poised to make an impact on our top five runners and this will definitely help lower our team score.

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