Sunday, October 10, 2010

Portage Report

Boys 8th of 42 teams at the Portage Invitational. At our team meeting we said if we had the perfect race we could finish in the top 3, a terrible race would put us about 20th. I'll take 8th. We beat #6 ranked Mattawan and were right behind #7 ranked St. Joseph. Any time you can beat a ranked team like this you have to be happy ... but I don't think these boys are happy yet. They do not want to settle for "we ran pretty well." They want to win, they are competitors. We had excellent season best times/races from Charlend Howard, Joe Jones and Nate Fischer - their times in the heat (87 degrees at race time) and dust were the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th fastest times ever by a GHS boy since we've been going to Portage. Ian Callison also had a career best time (1738) and Bryan Slocum is improving fast and over some nagging injuries finally. Jake Pasternak (#1 boy in first race) is still struggling to get back to his early season form but I'm confident he'll return soon. If, and that's a big IF, we can put it all together so everyone runs to their potential these boys will be tough to beat. Just 3 weeks ago we tied with St. Clair at the Holly Invite and today we beat them by nearly 100 points. Scoring us head to head against TCWest (who ran on the same course 30 minutes after us) we also beat them. It was a good day. We are currently ranked as "honorable mention" in the state rankings and after today I think i can safely say we're a top 10 team.

boys varsity results http://results.active.com/pages/displayNonGru.jsp?rsID=101031

Girls 9th out of 42 teams. Megan Borgeson still not fully recovered from her flu virus and Katelynn Dreyer having an asthma attack/trouble and the other girls just running "average" and we were very close to #6 ranked East Grand Rapids and ahead of regional competition Fremont. Amanda Olds lead the way with a medal winning 31st overall and Anna Kassuba just missed in 54th. Geena Duff contines to improve and get back into her normal racing times and Maria Warren rounds out a solid varsity effort. katelynn dreyer and noelle warren filled out our varsity squad and Krystin Dreyer had a great effort to finish in the top 20 and earn a medal. I hate to be a "shoulda woulda coulda" with this girls team but I have to say that I think we're definitely now a top 10 team in the state. When, and if, we can hit on all cylinders and each girl runs to her potential I think we'll be shocking some people. But, we have to get through our tough regional first.

girls varsity results http://results.active.com/pages/displayNonGru.jsp?rsID=101033

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