Sunday, October 9, 2016

Saginaw Invite results

Here is a link to our Athletic Net page -- Athletic.net  Here you can find meet information and results for all of our meets all year.  Just click on the results tab under Heritage Invitational and you have our full results from today.

First off -- WOW!!!!!!!!!  We had 36 of 41 runners record season best times today!!  It was a perfect day for XC -- cool, light breeze, good competition...

On the team scores side the girls were FIRST out of all Division 2 team and the boys were 2nd of all division 2 teams.  Sometimes these results get lost in the translation of reading where we finished.  Often times news will report that the boys were 8th place.  Well, in XC we compete, quite often against all divisions in one race - Its not a fair comparison to say we beat 12 division 3 or division 4 schools, just like it is not a fair comparison to say we were beaten by 6 division 1 school.  Same on the girls side.  I always like to look where we finish against schools our size - and today we did quite well!!!  Still, being 8th of 30 and 6th of 30 teams for the boys and girls is a nice pat on the back.

On the varsity side Zak Goddard again led the way with a solid 17:16 with Ethan Huey right behind in 17:30.  These were season best times for both, but Ethan surely had the best day of any of the boys.  He struggled a bit last Tuesday at TC, but was right "ON" today.  This time of the season we have to remember to stick with the "PLAN."  We have a training schedule that does not allow breaks for races.  We continue to train through all of these meets with our eyes on Regionals.  Having some good and some bad races is part of dealing with the highs and lows of a season.  One bad race usually leads to a good race the next time we are out and vice versa.  Nick Green, Andrew Quaal and Justin Desloover are a nice solid 3-4-5 man pack that needs to move up a bit closer to our 1-2 by regionals and I am hoping that some more speedwork in the next 10 days can do that for us.  Rounding out varsity scoring for us was Jack Hervela and Jon Thorold.

On the JV side a number of boys had huge personal best times.  Mason Monchilov ran a career best by 1 minute 37 seconds to place 5th overall of nearly 200 runners in 18:48.  Mason has logged big summer miles, attended Wolverine camp and really committed himself to XC and it has paid off with a varsity level race today.  He will suit up as a varsity runner in our final BNC race at home in 10 days.  Bryce Davis (PR by 1:52), Zack Fortune (PR by 1:52), Quentin Fraley (PR by 2:13) and Parker Schorrfaar (PR by 2:02) also had huge days for us.  These JV boys are solid, hard working runners.  I am so proud of their effort today and it was rewarded with some nice personal best times.  This is the beautiful thing about XC running - instead of spending your time on the sidelines or on the bench, every runner gets to participate in every meet and earn a personal best.  Well done men.

For the ladies, this was our best performance of the year by far.  First Carlie Martella led the way with her first career sub 20 minute effort.  Her 7th place overall finish was a solid effort and we look for her to get even better in the coming weeks.  Senior Alli Kowatch and sophomore Bri Martin came in 2-3 for us today to solidify our 1st place team finish amongst D2 teams.  These gals worked today and Alli helped pace Bri in her first race back.  This was a season best for Alli by 46 seconds and I am hoping that she can get down to the lower 21's by regionals and Bri will continue to improve hugely in the next three weeks now that her knee is back and ready for miles.  Amanda Keysor (personal best by 55 seconds) and dependable Adrienne Edwards (season best by 21 seconds) rounded out our varsity scoring.  Keysor continues to improve and looks to be our #4-5-6 runner for regionals as of now - a great spot for a new freshman runner who can gain some valuable experience for coming years.  Adrienne has been a solid part of our team for 4 years now and without her today we'd have slipped back one place in the team standing, so thanks to her!  Autumn Zimmer and Cameron Martella rounded out our varsity 7 with slight improvements in season best times.

On the JV side Laina Thomson came up huge with a 2:03 season best time to place 4th overall!!  Her time today would have placed her as our 4th girl on the varsity and she will be in that spot in 10 days at the BNC finals.  Other JV girls of note were Reagan Swartz with a season best time by 1:50.  Reagan had the eye of the tiger today - at the mile mark she was near 10th place overall and held on for a medal and season best time.  Courtney Zaremba had a season best by exactly 2:00 and missed a medal by 4 seconds,  Megan Peterson had a season best by 1:47, Zoe Pom and Melanie Graham both had season bests by 2:43.  These JV girls are TOUGH!!  Today our race strategy was to get out HARD and then settle in to the race pace we'd picked for them and they did exactly this.  When you get a bit faster than usual this sometimes gives you a different outlook on your race that makes you push it a bit harder and that strategy worked today.  Well done JV ladies!


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