boys ran their best race of the year with only a 30 seconds 1st to 5th man difference.
Charlend Howard first team all conference as a sophomore, impressive with a time very close to Jayden Hesselinks winning time from 2010. Joe Jones about where he was last year in this race which is fine = he went on to be nearly all state at the finals. Nate Fischer with a BIG race to earn second team all conference. He's about 30 seconds ahead of where he was last year. Ian Callison with a huge effort, probably the best overall race on the day for the boys varsity with a 13th place finish, just missing out on all conference honors. He was 19th and 18th in the first two races so he really had a good one today. Jake Pasternak bounced back from a tough last two weeks to earn second team all conference honors. Our top 5 was really tough today. We gave TCWest a run for it and defeated TCC quite handily after losing to them twice early this season in BNC races. This tells me we're on the upswing, getting faster at the right time. 11 days to regionals and things are looking good. Having FOUR all-conference boys puts us about exactly where we were last year -- leading to a 6th place finish at the state finals. If we can equal that effort it will have been a great season. Rouding out our varsity were Sean Hope and Bryan Slocum.
girls - every time these girls run against the TC teams I just feel like we don't run well (TCCentral is currently ranked in the top 10 in the entire midwest and #2-3 in the state for Class A), but when i get the results and look back over the past few years I realize we actually ran pretty well. All of our top 5 girls were right near, or slightly faster than what they ran last year on this same course at the BNC finals, which led to our 9th straight trip to the MHSAA state finals (currently the longest streak in division 2). Amanda Olds and Megan Borgeson finished up with all conference 2nd team honors. both deserve it having worked hard all summer and running good races. I feel a little bad for Amanda, sick with the flu bug going around this week, she was definitely not herself today but gutted out a tough race. Megan B is much improved over last season and earned her first all-conference honors after a great track season last spring. Anna Kassuba missed all-conf honors by 13 seconds, she was disappointed but did beat last years time which led to all-regional honors last year. Katelynn Dreyer and Geena Duff were also just off all-conf honors finishing in the top 20. Rounding out our varsity were Noelle Warren (with a personal best time) and Krystin Dreyer.
In the JV races Paige Hypio was the star, sprinting to the finish in a personal best 2nd place time and earning herself a spot on our varsity for the upcoming races this weekend.