Wow, what a difference a week makes. Last week we had our FIRST round of speedwork. We hit 6x800m FAST and it seemed to help today at BNC #2.
Boys - Zak Goddard was the MAN today. His 17:18 is the 3rd fastest time on this course by a GHS boy. The fastest two times are GHS All-staters Nick Lewis in 16:30 and Chris Olds 16:53 back in 2003. Zak moved up from 18th in our first BNC race to 7th today. What a great move. Zak has been working on pacing and today that really worked well for him - starting around 5:35 per mile he just held that pace all the way to the finish. Ethan Huey was the GHS #2 man followed closely by Nick Green. Ethan is usually much closer to Zak, but just didn't have it today - for whatever reason he just wasn't "on." Not a big deal, we are still racing through some hard training days and when Ethan rests and recovers he'll be right back near Zak. Nick had a GREAT race, probably his best of the year and I think he is headed for the 17's at Saginaw on Saturday. #4 man Andrew Quaal continues to improve and was only 18 seconds behind Nick and then Justin Desloover just another 2 seconds back. Our 1-5th man time difference today was only 1 minute 18 seconds, which is also a big improvement - If we hope to qualify for the state meet, we'll need to get that down to less than one minute, preferably around 45-50 seconds. As Zak continues to improve that gets tougher and tougher for our 3-4-5 guys, but I think we can do it. Jack Hervela (only 10 seconds back of #5) and Jon Thorold rounded out our varsity team. Jack has made a nice steady comeback from a tough last season and I look for him to possibly break into our top 5 by the time regionals rolls around. Thorold is a newcomer to XC this season and is continually improving, moving from JV to varsity and back and forth nearly each meet. As he gains confidence, learns to race and, gets some more endurance I see him maintaining his varsity spot for regionals.
On the JV side, 8 of us had our best 5k time!
Girls - Senior Carlie Martella again leads the way in 20:46. In our last BNC race Carlie was 3rd overall and today she was in the teens. Not a great race, but in looking at her time I see she is right in there with Sammy Hunt, Amber Kassuba and Amanda Olds in 2008. Her time is also very close to Sloan Secord's 2005 time. All these girls were all-state in these seasons and I continue to believe Carlie is right in line with them. Alli Kowatch had a season best time today at 22:50 as our solid #2 girl. She continues to improve with each race and our goal is a 21 by the end of the season at regionals. Autumn Zimmer also had her season best race - coming in at 23:25. Solid, dependable Adrienne Edwards was our #4 today, you can always depend on her and she also had her season best time. And, our top 5 scorers were rounded out by freshman Amanda Keysor. It is so nice to have a freshman in our top 5, this bodes well for the future of GHSXC. These ladies are not a "great" team, but are very solid and should finish mid-pack at regionals as we currently sit. However, Bri Martin returns to action on Saturday and this will definitely give us a boost as last season she was right with Carlie. I don't expect that to happen quickly but over time she will definitely help us. Cameron Martella (#6) and Laina Thomson rounded out our varsity 7.
On the JV side 9 of our gals had season best times!
Team Scores - boys TCW, TCC, Alpena, Cadillac, Gaylord, Petoskey
girls TCC, Cadillac, TCW, Alpena, Petoskey Gaylord
With TCC and TCW and Cadillac all ranked in the top 10 in the state we are doing just fine competing with Petoskey and have now come out on top of them twice. We also are edging closer to Cadillac on the boys side.
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