Saturday, October 18, 2008
Results of the Elk Rapids XC meet
Awesome day for GHS runners. 16 team field, girls 2nd boys 4th (just 7 points out of 2nd)
My hat goes off today to our boys team. At the start line I challenged them to go out a bit faster than usual, to lay it on the line, and they did it all. The big difference today from our previous races was the 38 second time differential from our 1st to 5th man. Jayden Hesselink hammered home with a personal best time of 17:12 and our #5 Lucas Avennal was at 17:50. Having our top 5 solidly in the 17's puts us in contention for a trip to the state finals next weekend at Benzie's D2 regional meet. It won't take a miracle to place in the top 3 teams, but it will take our best race of the season and another step up from what we accomplished today. Andrew Olds was 2nd man in a season best 17:15, followed closely by Bryan Slocum at 17:36 and Sean Hope at 17:49. Joe Jones continues to improve and was a solid 6th man today at 1757 also. Jake Pasternak rounded out varsity at a solid 1842. Our top 4 boys today earned medals for their top 30 finishes.
these boys have done all the work that needs to be done. This week we'll rest and mentally prepare for regionals.
In the boys JV race Wade McMillion picked up a medal and earned his way back into a varsity position by eeking out a 0.4 second margin on Jake Pasternak. Our JV runners will complete their season at the Rotary invite on Oct. 21.
On the girls side we placed a solid 2nd place to # 1 ranked Benzie Central. Amanda Olds (1936) Sammy Hunt (1945) and Amber kassuba (1958) have traded 1-2-3 positions all year and today they ran much of the race as a nice pack. These girls run well together and it has a calming effect on them to have each other near in a race. This pack will be a huge key to our success at the regionals on Saturday. I look for this triple threat to dominate the top ten next weekend. Anna Kassuba had another huge race as our 4th girl at 20:12. She's improved markedly since our speedwork and with rest this week I think she has all-regional honors in sight with a good race on Saturday. Our 5th girl, in only her 2nd race this season was Savannah Hypio. Savannah has struggled with some shinsplint issues this season but was tough today for a solid 21:19. She'll be a big help with a few days of rest when next weekend rolls around. Our varsity scoring was rounded out by a fast sprinting Krystin Dreyer (21:34) and Megan Borgeson (21:37).
In the girls JV race Gaylord dominated with a solid 1-4-13-14-20th finish. Dawn Pagels had a huge 35 second win at 20:34 and nailed a varsity position for Saturday's regional. With a good race I think Dawn could possibly earn "All-regional" honors as a freshman - an impressive feat. She was followed by a fast improving Paige Hypio in 5th place and a season best time of 21:38. Medal winner Nicole Wehner nailed 18th place and Caila Cole surprised even herself with a season best 23:06.