Saturday, September 11, 2010

this is the exact info i send to the newspaper ....

They probably won't print it all but this is what i sent...
Great race today people.

Twice is Nice

The Gaylord boys and girls XC teams came out on the winning end of the 23 team Charlevoix Mud Run on Saturday, 9/11.

On the boys side, Charlend Howard was the top runner, placing first overall in the freshman/soph race and running a time that equalled Jayden Hesselink's from 2009. Charlend is truly starting this season with a bang. Only a sophomore, he has the ability to be our top runner on any given day and should be in the mix for a top spot at regionals/conference.

Joe Jones wasn't far behind, a solid 7th in the Jr/Sr race running a time equal to his '09 campaign. Ian Callison came through big with a huge performance of 3rd overall in the Fr/So race, beating his 2009 time by 1:30. Ian has improved dramatically since his freshman season and logged huge miles to get to where he is. Nate Fischer nailed 7th in the Fr/So race battling through some congestion, but still a solid 4th man for us. Rounding out our scoring was Sean Hope with a huge improvement over his sophomore season, 16th in the senior stacked upperclassman race - over one minute faster than last year. Andy Frakes and Chris Ryan rounded out our varsity team.

The boys team won without two of our big guns. Jake Pasternak out resting a sore knee and Bryan Slocum just returning from the summer of basic training. Putting these to into our top 7 will give us even more firepower. But, it is nice to be as deep as we are, if someone is injured, hurting, or tired we can rest them and still be very solid as we saw today. As i said before, any of our top 7 boys could be our #1 runner on any day. I expect it will change race by race. Our team time was a solid 1:00 ahead of last years team.

On the girls side, the GHS gals were almost 2:00 ahead of last years team. The solid summer of running is beginning to pay dividends as Amanda Olds came home as our #1, 5th overall, with her best Mud Run time (21:19) of her stellar four year varsity career. Amanda did her homework over the summer and today that showed.

Just a few steps behind as #2 girl was Megan Borgeson, 6th in the Jr/Sr race with her personal best mud run time of her three year XC career. Anna Kassuba was a solid 13th only 20 seconds back and also had her best Mud Run time. These three girls (Olds, Borgeson, Kassuba) could each be our #1 on any given day. They push each other hard and know that if one has an off day the others can pick up the slack. Having 3 seasoned competitors each get their best time after 3-4 years of racing tells me these girls are headed for good things this season.

Katelynn Dreyer bounced back from a tough Clare race to finish a solid 3rd in the Fr/So race. She's back on her game after a bout with asthma last week and had a great race today. Geena Duff was just a few steps behind in 4th, beating her 2009 time by one minute. Our varsity top 7 was rounded out by Dawn Pagels and Maria Warren (8th in the Fr/So race).

Our girls team has some amazing depth this season. 8th runner Noelle Warren would have been considered our first JV runner, but placed 9th overall in a tough Fr/So race and would have been the #1 runner on at least 10 of these teams here today. Overall it was a great day for GHSXC.

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