Saturday, October 10, 2015


PORTAGE Boys and Girls XC teams in action at Portage invitation.

Girls - 6th of 45 teams in a race featured 12 of top 15 teams in the state and we ended up 6th, beating #13 Dearborn Divine Child, #14 Richland Gull Lake, #11 Middleville, #7 Grand Rapids South Christian, #6 Dewitt, #15 Whitehall.  

I think we had a "good" race.  We're still no where near where I think we can be.  Our final push on speedwork next week, followed by some rest will give us that final piece of the puzzle we've been looking for.  Alexis was awesome up front running the 2nd fastest time by a Gaylord girl in GHSXC history, only topped by Sloan Secord.  Katelyn had the best race of her life and #7 fastest time by a girl in GHSXC history, Courntey Busch was just seconds from a personal best and is now flirting with sub 20 minutes which is right where we need her, Carlie has been dealing with some pacing issues but was still right near her personal best time, and Brianna Martin was our 5th girl today running her personal best time.  Bri continues to improve and just keeps moving up faster and faster.  Our varsity scoring was rounded out by Emily Byrne and Allie Kowatch.

Boys 37 of 49 teams.  Our goal for the boys was to get some "big meet" experience and we did just that.  Zak Goddard continues to lead the boys team as #1 runner and had a solid low 17's as did Justin Desloover, running his personal best time.  Ethan Huey is one solid freshman, placing as the 19th fastest freshman on the day and nearly a personal best time on a pretty tough course.  Derek Giallombardo was close behind in 18:24 with a personal best time and freshman Matt Jaroneski rounded out varsity scoring with 18:46.  Our boys are young and this was a great experience for them.  We do not have a senior on our varsity and the experience we gained today will pay dividends in the future.  I still believe we have an outside shot at qualifying for the D2 state finals with this group.

Saginaw Results for JV
Some GREAT times for our JV runners!!

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