It was an epic battle in Eric's last race of the season, as he finished where few (if any) freshmen have ever gone in Zee Bee history--Sectionals! I haven't been able to find a record of any from my research. We packed the bus with teammates and traveled on a chilly November morning to Busse Woods. With the sun beginning to peek out and wind kicking up periodically, the course greeted us with deep mud, patches of snow from the Halloween dump (yes...6" on Halloween), and standing water near the lake. In short, perfect Cross Country conditions!
To best understand the day is the acknowledge the process. Eric began the year running 17:17 at Deerfield, and immediately set about progressing. He ran 17:12 at Lake Country, 16:36 at Peoria for his first sub-17 race, and raced a monster 15:59 at the Regional--to qualify as our sole ZBXC Sectional competitor. Last year we had nobody qualify. Our first recorded qualifying team was in 2011 and we sent teams in 2012, 2013, and 2016. There were years when an individual could race in the low 17s and qualify, but this year Eric was the last man out of the Regional and needed a sub-16 time. No easy task! Eric's work ethic this year has also been unparalleled; he has placed himself firmly in the Varsity pack and worked with the leadership of our strong senior team. His sense of humor and willingness to take risks have made him an invaluable and coachable teammate.
Eric started out today with an easy warm-up surrounded by teammates. His dynamic stretching was accompanied by them as well, and it wasn't until I taped his spikes to his feet (precaution for the mud) and we broke down with the team that Eric was solo. But the team spread out far and wide on the course, and he never raced alone. With the gun the line surged out, and Eric was making history.
The pace began at a grueling pace, with the shredded turf and deep mud sapping the energy levels of the field. A downed runner on the downhill "S" became an unexpected obstacle, but he persevered well and raced through the first mile at 5:16. His arms were pumping furiously to dig out of the much, and I admired the turnover rate of his stride; the mud had turned his bring yellow uniform to black but his focus as on the race. His second time around saw the fatigue of the exertion setting in, but he reset well and continued to move on the field. On this second lap he had a nice move behind the starting line area, where he closed a gap on the pack in front and set himself in good position for the third mile.
The final lap was the toughest for the field, as runners strained to their limits against the conditions. Many of the strongest runners from our Conference were stymied, and we saw an unpredictable finish sequence that denied State qualification to some of our strongest teams and individuals. Eric surged in for 92nd place overall and a very respectable time of 17:14, making history as our first ZBXC freshman to run at Sectionals. There were only four freshmen ahead of him in the race, and three after him. Walking from the finish line, I could tell that he had given every ounce of his strength to the race, and I am so proud to have coached him to this point!
I know Eric's goals are lofty, and they are very achievable as we look to the future. This experience of Sectionals at its most challenging is a formative one, one that will shape his perspective in the future as he looks beyond at the penultimate height of IHSA competition for next year. He has pulled teammates to greatness along side him, and inspired those around him. I cannot congratulate him enough on his great season and many achievements, but also cannot hold my excitement to see what he can do from here. In the meantime, it is time for a much-needed rest!
Thank you very much the the many alumni who wrote notes of encouragement for Eric, and to those who came down to the course to cheer him on. This has truly been an amazing season with you all!
The Bees put their best on the line on Saturday, returning for the third time to the familiar course at Lake Forest West. The morning saw chilly winds and the first hard frost of the year, but as the temperatures approached the low 40s with the start of the race day, the cooling atmosphere proved welcoming. Seven Zee Bees ran today: Eric, Issac, Mario, Nathan, Andrew F, Chase, and Christopher. They represent a unique crew: two are freshmen, one a sophomore, and two are seniors. The choice to run this lineup was made tougher with the exemplary work of the team these last few weeks, who have chosen excellence in all ways, and seen some handsome results in the latter half of the season. I was pleased to see the bus containing nearly the entire roster, and to feel the energy they contributed to the day.
The race day started on an excellent note. The Zee Bee women went out and raced the best they have ever run--Kelsey earned fourth place All-Regional honors, every woman ran a lifetime PR, and the team advanced to Sectionals...the first time since 2011! The historic day was just starting as our men prepared for the race. Their warm-up took them all around the course to cheer on the women. Instead of getting in their own heads, they chose to devote their positivity to the women. Their smiles and loosening form showed that they were warmed up and ready, and with the gun they were off!
The race was dominated by a top pack that set a grueling pace and would later finish in the high 14s! Our pack went out taking risks too, and we had a fantastic pack of four at the mile mark--Mario was clocked at 4:59 with Andrew, Eric, and Chris at 5:00 (a PR for Chris if this was accurate!). Nathan was racing hard on the heels at 5:06, with Chase and Issac at 5:19! Around the infield loop, the packs were beginning to spread out a bit, and on the long straightaway Andrew broke ahead of his pack and boldly moved forward toward the second mile. He was also our first man into the final 400m finish, emerging from the woods racing hard with Eric one runner behind him and Mario fast on his heels. Chris was rudely run into a tree by a careening competitor here, but he jumped back into action and began hunting down the offending runner in the final stretch.
So much changed in the last one hundred meters of the race. Packs kicked hard and jostled, flinging into the chute with every ounce of energy and making and breaking team points by milliseconds. Eric found a final gear and hurtled himself just ahead of Andrew here, taking a Mundelein runner in the process, and finishing with a huge PR 15:59 in 29th place! Andrew was two seconds and one position behind him at 16:01, also running a huge PR, and Mario was seconds and two ranks behind at 16:13--also a lifetime PR! Chris was fourth at 16:20, dropping twelve seconds from his pack-winning PR last week on this course. Nathan was fifth, and his extraordinary race was doubly beautiful with a screaming kick that saw him bust into the 16s for the first time in his life (16:54)! Chase and Issac worked very hard and finished in beautiful form, with Chase (one of only six freshmen on the field) racing a lifetime PR 17:35 and Issac finishing just behind him with a lifetime 16:50!
It was one of the fastest regionals I have ever seen. The Bees finished 8th of 9 teams (Waukegan did not race a full team), missing the team qualification to Sectionals. Eric's kick, however, earned him the fifth and final berth as an individual--and HE IS ADVANCING! It is staggering just how fast this race was, and how it took running sub-16 to advance to the Sectional. I am so proud of Eric to achieve as much as he has this season, and look forward to seeing him continue his growth at Busse this next Saturday! He is the fastest freshman that I have ever coached! This Regional Varsity team charted a fantastic 16:20 average for the top 5, with their split being just 55 seconds--our best this season! We also ran the fastest average race by Zee Bees on the Lake Forest West course (recorded since 2008), with Andrew and Mario ranking second and fourth on the Varsity Top 10, Chris ranking second on the Sophomore Top 10, and Eric and Chase ranking first and fourth respectively on the Freshman list! Every man ran a lifetime PR! We truly raced as a cohesive pack, a well-oiled, formidable, and competitive unit. I am so proud of this amazing pack and their amazing race. It's time to push Eric to even greater heights as we head to Sectionals in one week! Men...you are simply AMAZING!
Saturday's NSC Conference meet was the greatest day of the season to this point. I plan the mileage and workouts to push these men to their peak for this meet--and this team was there just as intended. Their hard work this season, from the heat of the summer to the chill as of late, paid off handsomely on the course at Lake Forest.
The Varsity pack raced first, and from the gun they went out hard. While the first mile mark was short, they were racing very well in the opening third and altogether looked good. Eric and Andrew were our one and two early on, but this role was held by Mario at the midpoint. Chris and Nathan raced as our four and five for the first half, but we had some significant changes in the last mile. Coming into the final 400, Chris put on a robust surge that put him ahead of Mario with 200m to go, and he raced himself into the chute as our lead man! This earned him a huge PR 16:32, which is also the fastest clocked time on the team this year! Mario was our second with a PR 16:39, pushing tremendously into the chute at 26th place--both narrowly missing All-Conference honors. Eric punched in third at 16:57, followed by Nathan's 9s PR 17:40 finish. Chase kicked hard to finish as our sixth man at 18:04 for a 34s PR, followed by a mighty kick from Junior that landed him at 18:04 and a PR of over 50s! Issac was just on his heels to finish for a PR 18:14. Alex R. (18:47) and Andrew F. (18:47) finished together, with Erwin finishing off our lineup at 19:00. The Varsity finished 7th of the 8 teams, though only seven were complete today.
The JV race took the line next, eager to replicate the success of the Varsity on the course. Their nerves quickly turned to racing confidence as they surged out with the gun. Andrew J took the lead of our pack headed into the mile, with Tony and Zac just paces behind him and racing immensely well. AA and Brandon were our next pair, with Alex M., Swole-A, Salvador, and Joey lined up nicely not far behind. In the second half of the race, Tony made a great moved that launched him to our top Zee Bee position, and that's where he finished with an outstanding kick, scoring a 72s PR for a time of 18:30! Andrew was next, working well through his persistent knee pain to finish at 18:52. Zacary was just behind him at 19:08, dropping a 41s PR and pulling in AA at 19:29--AA earned a 50s PR here too! Brandon dropped a stellar kick too and finished at 19:36, earning a Season Best time over his previous at the Dawson Invite. Salvador, Swole-A, Alex M., and Joey finished in quick succession and each scored a major lifetime PR in the process! Salvador raced 19:44, breaking his PR from last season! Swole-A raced 19:59, breaking 20 for the first time in his life! Alex M. raced 20:07, dropping 40s, and Joey raced 21:19, dropping 40s as well from his time at Dawson. What a race!
The Frosh-Soph pack were the final racers of the day. The early sunshine was quickly being replaced by dark clouds, but it kept things cool--and cool is the best way to describe the composition of this wonderful pack. Thomas led our pack out with purpose and didn't relinquish this position the entire race. At the midpoint Jose was racing well as our second man, with David clutching painful ribs but racing well as our third man. Jonathan had an incredible first half and was racing as our fourth, with Durran just behind him and Davion just five strides off of his back! Thomas finished a fantastic race in 35th position in the field, dropping over a minute of PR time to race 18:42! After a large gap, Jose led the remainder of the pack in with a great kick--and a PR 21:16! David kicked hard just behind him at 21:54, followed by Durran at 21:56. Durran broke 22 for the first time despite his knee and shin pains, and was quickly followed by Jonathan at 22:07. Jonathan PR'd by well over two and a half minutes in his last race of the season, and finished with a winning grin. Davion rounded off our pack on Jonathan's heels with an equally dazzling race and PR by over two minutes as well, finishing with great strength at 22:42! Well done, men!
This was just an incredible day. 18 lifetime PRs, two Season Bests, and a team finishing at their peak. It was a tough fight and we certainly rose to it. I am so proud to see these men embrace their fitness and race as brothers on the field. They represent all that is good about this sport--dedication, fraternity, and the belief in the process of growth. I could not be more excited to celebrate their many accomplishments and to have served as their coach this season! In the awards ceremony that followed the races, we were honored to recognize Mario as the NSC Sportsmanship Award winner this year, a small tribute to his great contributions to the team this year. Mario's humble approach to leadership and willingness to lead by example set him apart on and off the field, and I am proud to have seen him lead this team this year!
We have a great challenge next week as we look forward to Regionals. There is not much to do but sharpen up a bit, and set our best foot forward against the field. One week to go...let's do it!
We closed out our regular season in good shape on a very cool Saturday morning at Heritage Park in Wheeling. The temperature was a crisp 35 degrees when we arrived at the soggy, muddy course--which seems to be the norm these days! While not frosty, the breeze kept things chilly despite the sunshine. Prior to our departure the race order were shifted around, and we arrived just in time for the Varsity pack to hastily warm up and race to the line.
It wasn't the most ideal of processes, but the Varsity embraced the conditions and surged out into the cold course in good order. We quickly separated. Andrew took the lead of our men's pack in the top twenty, with Mario and Eric trailing behind. Chris headed into the first mile as our fourth man and Nathan locked in as our fifth as usual. Alex R. had a very good first half too, racing up near Nathan. Chase, Issac, and Andrew packed up together as our next pack, and our men held onto these positions throughout the meet. The challenging hill in the second and third mile was a major factor today, as was the mud pit beyond that would claim many a shoe today.
Our goal today was a spicy finish in the final 400m. Andrew led our pack with a nice kick that landed him at 16:35--just one second off of his lifetime PR--and a 23rd place medal finish! Mario kicked in at 17:01, also just two seconds off of his PR, and Eric was our third at 17:29. Chris had a mighty kick in his final 400 as well to finish at 17:40, with Nathan at 18:12 as our fifth man. Chase surged in as our number six to complete a monster race, earning a 6s PR at 18:40! Issac was on his heels stride-for-stride at 18:41, and our next duo to finish was Andrew and Alex, running 19:42 and 19:48 respectively. Our Varsity placed 8th out of 15 teams, and it was nice to see Andrew take home a medal!
We ran a great pack in the Open race as well, with our team finding a course churned by the five raced before--but with slightly warmer weather. I was immediately impressed with the strength that the men exhibited in the first mile. While it tempered a bit in the second and third, they took a great risk today. Junior took the lead of our pack in the mid-40s position, and never let it go. Trystan, Erwin, Tony, and Thomas kicked in to high gear too, with Zacary racing up right behind them in the first mile sporting a white headband. Brandon and AA packed together nicely as they rounded the starting line in the first loop, with a pack of Swole-A, Jose, and Joey working nicely together. Salvador looked great going into mile 2, with Durran just behind him and both Davion racing outside of his comfort zone.
The finishes were really great here. Junior's kick was legendary and pulled him to a finishing time of 19:02--he dropped 44 seconds from his PR at Lake Forest! Trystan had a monster second half too, finishing at 19:33. Erwin and Zacary were next at 20:08 and 20:14 respectively. AA had a fantastic kick to take him home at 20:37, with Brandon matching every stride to finish at 20:38. Alex Morris threw down a great kick to earn a PR 20:47, dropping four seconds from his LF time last week! Thomas worked through the pain for a respectable 20:54 finish, with Salvador racing to a Season Best 21:21 just behind him. Next was Swole-A, who kicked so hard that he kicked a shoe off...and unfortunately it was the one with his timing chip on it! Tony had a challenging second half to finish at 21:35, but then Durran came through. Durran registered the final 400m and kicked into a gear I have never seen him throw down--he quickly closed a gap on the group ahead and then passed six competitors with 200m still to go, then reeled in several more competitors in the final stretch! His efforts paid off handsomely with a 22:20 PR, dropping eight seconds from last week! Joey finished hard at 22:28, with Jose just behind at 22:44 and looking stronger than he has in weeks! Davion rounded off the pack with a nice finish as well and 25:17 finish. Our pack scored tenth our of fourteen teams in this race.
Our men measured the course at 3.1, which may explain a difference between time and effort on this course--but no matter what, we ran very well today on a challenging course. We did chart four lifetime PRs in these conditions, of which I am very proud. It was a tiring day, but our pack emerged smiling in their fatigue. They are poised to do some great things at Conference this next week, and in the sharpening practice we have in between. Great work today, Bees!
Home v. MuNdelein & Warren 10.7.19
We hosted our final home meet of the season on Monday, welcoming Mudelein and Warren to Shiloh. As usual, the seasonal conditions made the course quite swampy in places, and we even had to divert around a newly-created lake at a low point in the first and third miles. Despite the standing water and soft terrain, our men were ready for a final crack at the course and took the line in good spirits. I asked them to take a risk today, particularly in the first mile, and enjoy the experience.
The team went out in good order, and it was quickly apparent that the competition would be challenging. Warren put their top six to the front, and Eric punched up right into the mix, with Mario and Andrew racing together about four paces behind. Chris closed the first 1200m as our fourth man. Trystan and Andrew J. worked up in good order, and Junior had a particularly fast first mile. Davion packed up with Salvador and Jonathan, and I was pleased to see the team gamely working into the woods.
At the midpoint Eric was still our lead, sticking right on the Warren pack. Andrew F. had punched forward, with three Warren runners separating him from Mario, who looked good as our #3. Chris was holding with a Mundelein pack as our #4 and Nathan locking in our fifth position. Alex R. and Chase had packed together, and about 100m behind them Andrew J. was racing tall with Junior and Issac. Trystan was racing just ahead of AA and Alex M., both of whom had nice kicks going into the second half of the woods. David and Joey were in close proximity, and Durran was just behind. In short, we were spread out, but racing well for the terrain. Most importantly, our runners were looking ahead and not just racing each other.
Eric closed at 16:51, just missing the Top 10 board in his freshman year but handily claiming the title of the fastest freshman Zee Bee to race our home course! Andrew and Mario charged in together at 17:41 and 17:42 respectively, and Chris threw down a mighty kick right behind them at 17:50. Nathan finished as our fifth at 18:25, and Chase powering forward in the last mile as our sixth man at 18:48, followed by Issac as our final scorer at 18:52 and followed by Alex R. at 19:06. Andrew J. followed in at 19:36, with Tony throwing down a great kick for a lifetime PR 19:42--his first time breaking 20! Jourdon finished through great pain at 19:48 with a fantastic kick as well.
Zacary led a group in at 20:03, with Trystan (20:09) and Junior (20:11) just behind him. AA had a nice kick for 20:31, followed by Alex M. at 21:02. David kicked in at 21:16 for a lifetime PR, followed by a wonderful kick from Swole-A at 21:21. Joey extended for a great kick and 22:01 finish (just two seconds off his PR), with Durran surging in at 22:30. Salvador was next at 23:44, with Davion kicking in next for a lifetime best 24:48. Jonathan rounded off the pack at 25:00 with an equally nice finish!
The course was certainly challenging today, and the detour may have added 5-10 seconds to the route. It was a tough racing day too, with some general fatigue the weighed in the third mile--but due in part to the very hard first miles we collectively ran. This was good racing, and positive risk-taking. We wrapped up our dual meet season tonight with some very nice PRs and a strong showing in adverse conditions. We will work this next week to sharpen our kicks and move ahead toward Wheeling and Conference. Good job, Bees!
Lake Forest Tri 10.1.19
Summer returned Monday and Tuesday this week, with the heat index hitting the mid-90s on Monday and dialing slightly back on Tuesday for our meet at Lake Forest. This is a flat course and I had high hopes for a nice follow-up to Grant, though when we arrived we found a re-route due to a submerged section and some mucky areas. Still, I asked the men to race in any way they wanted. I demanded that they have fun, challenge themselves, and finish strong. As it turned out, they did just that with relief from any coaching pressures and raced for a fine team day.
Mario and Eric went out together in the first mile, with Andrew scaling back slightly. Chris worked up as our fourth man, and Issac led Nathan and Alex R. in the first loop, racing strong and in close proximity. Our next pack consisted on Chase, Andrew J., and Junior, followed closely by Jourdon and Trystan in his return race after a long injury recovery period. Thomas packed with Zacary and AA with Brandon; Alex M. flashed a huge thumbs-up at the bridge, and Swole-A pulled Durran with him. Joey gamely worked through a painful day but raced tall, and Davion joined TJ in TJ's first high school race. While we were swarmed by Lake Forest and Stevenson runners, I could see the Bees edge out of their comfort zones for a progressive and positive second half.
And what a second half it was.
There was a bit of movement in our packs, which is exactly what I wanted to see as the runners raced. Andrew surged on forward to lead the Zee Bees, and Chase worked much farther up. Jourdon and Trystan rolled on ahead, and our pack collectively went to catch competitors.
Andrew F. was our first man into the chute, kicking hard for a 5s lifetime PR of 16:34! Eric was ten seconds behind at 16:44 for his first sub-17 race since Peoria, and Mario broke 17 for the first time, earning a 16:59 PR! Christopher raced in as our fourth for a PR as well, racing 17:12 and breaking his Peoria PR by 23 seconds. Nathan rolled in as our fifth at 18:10, with Chase breaking 19 for the first time for a huge PR 18:46! Jourdon was right on his heels as the seventh scorer, racing to a lifetime PR 18:55--his PR of 18:59 had stood since last season and was now smashed!
Alex R. raced in as our eighth man at 19:08 and Issac the ninth at 19:12. Right on their heels was Trystan, smashing his previous best 19:48 for a PR of 19:17! Andrew J. was right behind at 19:37, followed by Junior, AA, and Zacary who all raced in for huge PRs! Junior ran his third consecutive PR in a row at 19:46, Zacary smashed through into the 19s for 19:49, and AA dropped 41s from his PR at Dawson to race 20:19! Thomas had a tough raced but finished strong at 20:35, and Brandon threw down a great kick for 20:42.
Swole-A broke 21 for the first time with a PR 20:51 PR, finishing stride-for-stride with Alex M., who also earned a PR of the same time! Salvador was next at 21:23, followed by David at 21:38, beating his Deerfield time by one second. Durran smashed his standing PR from last season at 22:28, and Joey finished with strength at 22:38. TJ finished his first race at 26:24 and Davion was right on his heels at 26:27.
We ran fourteen lifetime PRs tonight. Wow! Check out the Lake Forest Zee Bee records (which go back to 2000). Andrew has moved into 6th in our Varsity history, Christopher is fourth on the sophomore list, and both Chase and Eric joined the top ten freshmen--Eric takes top rank on the freshman board!
I am particularly impressed with the bounce-back from the heat on Monday, and the progressive second half that the team collectively worked through. They ran smartly flag-to-flag as well, with some reporting that they ran 2.96 on the course LF measured at 3.0. We will be seeing far tougher competition on this course when we return for Conference and Regionals, but if the Bees can race like this in a dual, then what can they accomplish when they race tactically? I am very excited for the progress of this team this week and the continuation of JT's successes. Keep up the great work, team!
JT Invite (Grant) 9.28.19
Mud. Mud everywhere.
This was how the day ended as we wrapped up a memorable and rather enjoyable race day at Grant's course. In the three years here at the Bulldog Athletic Complex we have only experienced heat and hard earth...today it was the antithesis as we drove through morning rain that continued well into the early races of the day. The men were more subdued than usual, but I simply asked them to embrace the conditions and race without concern regarding the clock. I would be greatly impressed by the day's races. And the mud.
The Frosh-Soph pack took the line first for the men's team. Jose pulled out at the last second with a toe injury, leaving a solid pack of five. They surged out across the field and to the hill that defines the course (and requires three ascents). Thomas led the group from start to finish, working hard into the top twenty! Davis and Durran raced in close proximity, followed by Jonathan and Davion. After a gritty three loops, they came into the final stretch and a particularly treacherous final turn. Thomas surged in to break 20 for the first time in his life, earning a 22nd place ribbon and 19:55 PR! David raced in fine form after weeks of injury, earning 22:05. Durran was only four places behind him for a Season Best 23:02. Jonathan wiped out hard on the final turn, but bounced right back up and kicked for his second lifetime PR of the week (the first scored in Thursday's tempo workout), racing 24:46! Davion rounded off the pack with a PR as well, racing 26:06 and dropping 17s from his Lake County time!
The Varsity was up next, racing seven-strong. Erwin gamely worked through calf pain that staggered his stride, but he was out to compete and proved formidable. I was ecstatic to see our top three racing together for the entire first half: Mario, Andrew F., and Eric. They stuck together well into the second mile in places 19-21, with Nathan our fourth man and Christopher not far behind. Alex R. and Erwin rounded off the pack in the close race. The second half found Andrew with a sore leg, and Mario raced ahead to take a lead of the ZeeBee pack for the second consecutive meet! He held well and kicked hard as our first man, racing 17:25 and earning a 14th place medal! Eric also cracked the top twenty for a medal finish, rolling in to 19th place with a time of 17:40! Nathan passed Andrew and surged in as our third man, racing 18:34, with Andrew just behind at 18:44. Christopher raced in at 18:59 and Alex was next at 19:50. Erwin kicked in good form through his pain and raced for 21:17. Overall we placed 6th as a team, and I am happy to congratulation two medalists!
The final race of the day was the Open Race, combining men and women. I love this large field and the energy that it brings at the end of the meet. By now the rain had stopped, but the course was churned to a muddy pulp and the hill was a quagmire of muck--the flag was moved as well to accommodate a better route...but only just. Issac surged into the top ten and raced in excellent form. Andrew J. was back in great racing form as well, locking in our second position and looking good after several weeks of injury remediation. Junior, Tony, Jourdon, and Brandon were our next racers for the bulk of the race, each looking particularly good on the hill each mile. Zacary led a pack with AA, Alex M., Salvador, and Swole-A. On the final stretch Issac shredded a particularly zesty kick, earning a 5th place ribbon and 19:19 finish! Andrew was next in 10th place (19:47), followed by Junior two places behind him (19:56), earning both a ribbon and a lifetime PR--his second in a week! Tony was close behind (only three places), racing for a 20:01 lifetime PR as well, dropping 19s from his Deerfield time. Jourdon was next for a ribbon finish 20:23. AA kicked hard for 21:18, pulling in a great pack behind him. Zacary had a fantastic finish at 21:23, followed on his heels by Brandon (21:36) and Salvador (21:37). Alex M. raced in right behind him at 21:43, with Swole-A close behind at 21:56. This close pack racing was a fantastic mark of progress for this crew, and they finished a wonderful race in the worst conditions of the day!
It was muddy, and the camp was covered in a thick layer of watery ooze. This inundated the runners, their gear, and every surface of the tent. But the smiles after the races, despite the soreness, were contagious. We faced down a challenging course and we truly came out to race. Two medals, a half dozen ribbons, one Season Best, and five lifetime PRs--what a day! The women cleaned up as well, taking home two medals and two trophies...congratulations women! What a memorable race day!
Dawson Invite 9.21.19
With the week of rain and flooding, the Warren course submerged under the waters of the Des Plaines River. We were asked to host the meet on our home course, and we readily agreed. Historically, the largest meet ever held at Shiloh was the 2011 Conference Meet with fourteen teams; we were about to host twenty-two and host the largest number of racers and spectators in ZeeBee history. While the ground was still soft, the Zion Park District mowed a perfect course and we worked out the corners and finish to make it a true 3.0. We were indeed ready to make history.
The dawn slowly lit the course at 6am and the stars for a few moments put aside the knowledge that rain clouds were predicted to descend on us later in the morning. Working with the Warren crew, we quickly got the course in working order and set up camp with the arrival of our pack around 7:30 am. The athletes were awesome--setting up the tent, looking out for each other, and clearing the course in preparation for races. By 9am it was time to go, and the Varsity women were off. Our Varsity pack was different from normal, with several men running F-S today. I was pleased to welcome Hornilo to his first Varsity race.
The pack went out aggressively, and the great depth of the fast race was quickly clear. At the 1200m mark Mario was leading Andrew F. and they were racing tall together. Nathan had a narrow lead on Alex, and Issac was racing as our fifth man, followed by Junior as our sixth and final man. I saw them again at the midpoint by the goose pond, and Mario had put a decent lead on Andrew and was racing with strength as our first man. Andrew was favoring a knee but gritting through, and our order was the same. At the 2-mile mark Mario had put down at 5:23 and 6:02 set and was racing hard in 34th place. Andrew was 74th with Nathan and Alex nearly on his back. This changed in the last mile, however, when Andrew kicked hard and gained nearly a dozen places back. Mario surged in as our lead varsity runner at 17:25. Andrew was next at 18:12 and in obvious pain. Nathan (18:33), Alex (18:56), and Issac (19:10) were very close in their finishes as well. Hornilo rounded off the Varsity pack with a 20:03 PR race, dropping ten seconds from his Deerfield time!
Our Frosh-Soph pack raced next. There were some nerves on the line, but they quickly appeared to melt away as the pack raced out with the gun. Eric put himself in the middle of the top ten pack, and stayed there the entire race. Erwin was our second man at the 1200m mark, and Chase was making a great effort and racing as our third man. Thomas worked hard to push up on him, and Durran logged a fantastic start to his race, followed by Jonathan. Eric was in seventh place at the midpoint, having come through the mile at 5:32. Erwin and Chase were our two and three, and all runners were racing well. Eric worked up the second place at the two-mile mark, but through a nice kick finished with strength at 17:22 for fifth overall! Erwin was next at 18:54, followed by Chase's 30s PR, 19:07 finish! Thomas had a monster race as well, also dropping 30s to PR at 20:03! Jose was our next man at 21:33, kicking beautifully for a PR of nearly a minute better than his time at Lake County! Durran surged in for his strongest race yet at 22:40--a Season Best and just missing his lifetime by 3 seconds! Jonathan B. rounded off pack with a nice 25:43 finish, which beat his Lake County PR by nearly THREE MINUTES! Wow! Eric also quite handily established himself as the fastest freshman Zee Bee to ever race this course.
The last race of the day was our Open pack, a great group of juniors and seniors who were getting restless waiting for their turn on the line. Brandon went out in great form and led the pack the entire race. At 1200m Zacary was racing well as our second man, and Alex M. and Joey had packed together nicely. Swole-A was just behind them, and AA was making great headway. At the midpoint Brandon had a great race going, and Zac was working up aggressively. AA had punched up to be our fourth man, closely followed by Alex, Joey, and Swole-A. These men had great kicks as well. Brandon launched into the best kick I have seen from him this season to finish as our first man at 19:59, earning a Season Best in the process! AA rolled up and passed Zacary, running 21:00 and earning an 8s PR! Zac was our third at 21:10, with Alex M. punching a big PR 21:19 time! Swole-A was right behind him with a monster kick and 21:22 finish--dropping 58 seconds from his Lake County time! Joey was next at 21:59, dropping a 26s PR as well! This pack, in particular, raced with great heart and made some incredible moves in the second half. Very proud of you all!
This was a good meet. It was a tough run on the soft ground, and the many corners don't lend to the momentum of long straightaways. But the packs raced well, and nine lifetime PRs and two Season Bests say a lot about the efforts made today. It was a gift to have this experience on our home course (we return again on 10/7!), and it felt like a redemptive experience after the challenges of the first home meet. The pack is in good shape and moving forward, together. I am so excited to see what they can do in the coming weeks as they continue to strengthen and sharpen up!
I need to extend my gratitude to the many parties that made this epic day possible. Thank you to the Zion Park District for its accommodation (including quickly removing the bee tree!), and in particular to our alumnus Lance for his work, including touch-up mowing on race day. Thank you to CCC for accommodating our fan parking, and to the scores of fans and alumni who came out to make this happen. From Desmond's 6:30 arrival to Taylor and Collin for holding ropes, the Agee family placing flags, and the CLC racers coming out to support us, THANK YOU!!! We could not have done this meet without you all.
Libertyville dual 9.17
We journeyed on this Tuesday out to Adler Park for the only time this season, arriving to find the course partially submerged along the Des Plaines River Trail. The solution was the create a tangent route up the rolling grassy hill and re-route the finish. The soft trails and new route combined to make it an interesting alternative to the one we know well, but the conditions lent little to fast racing. Still, I pushed the team to embrace the new course and race hard. The Varsity ran this as a workout to focus on their consistency and negative splits.
From the gun the ZBXC pack raced well. Mario, Eric, and Andrew F. packed up as a trio, with Jourdon and Chase working ahead of the next workout pack--Issac, Nathan, Alex R., and Chris--who were also pulling Thomas into their midst. It was particularly nice to see Salvador back on his feet and racing well; Durran and David also pushed well in their first halves through some persistent pain. At the mile mark our packs looked great. Tony had taken a lead on a nice ZeeBee pack with Alex M. just behind him, pulling Junior, Joey, Jose, Salvador, and AA just behind them.
By the time the men were into the woods, they were visibly flagging from the hills and soft terrain, yet they were still looking competitive. Their second loop was generally consistent, and the long uphill finish, while taxing, showed very nice form from the entire pack. Andrew led the men into the chute for 18:38 with Eric (18:47) and Mario (18:57) completing a perfectly-balanced workout. Chase surged in as our #4 at 20:03 and just ahead of the second workout pack: Nathan (20:13), Alex R. (20:17), Issac (20:27), Jourdon (20:29), Erwin (20:31), and Christopher (20:33). Thomas raced in right with with for the day's only PR, racing 20:33 and dropping 13 seconds from his time at Lake County! Congratulations Thomas!
Tony (21:44) , AA (20:50), and Junior (20:51) packed together and surged into the chute in great form. Brandon was just behind at 22:23, followed by Alex M. at 23:02 and a competing duo of Joey and Jose to finish at 23:15 and 23:17 respectively. Salvador (23:22) and Swole-A (23:24) kicked in together, with David working through this leg pains for a 23:57 finish. Durran had a great uphill finish at 25:57, and Davion finished at 27:23. Unfortunately Jonathan took a wrong turn and ended up in the chute a lap too early, but his first half looked fantastic!
It was a challenging day, but it was just what we needed. This hilly experience will help build the endurance we will need in the latter half of the season, and the workout performed by the men was spot-on for what we wanted to accomplish. I am proud of the men who raced and performed such great kicks. Not every course will lend itself to PRs and positive feelings, but this formative race day is a great stepping-stone for our overall journey. Keep up the great work Bees!
Our top ten men traveled this weekend to Peoria for the annual First to the Finish Invite at Detweiller. I always look to this race as an early-season turning point, setting high expectations for the squad and asking them to race fiercer than ever before. We had a nice trip to the course on Friday afternoon, fording flooded roads on Rt. 173 and battling gusty winds down 39. But when we arrived at Detweiller we found that it had been spared the monsoon-like deluge that Lake County experienced the night before, and the course was in perfect condition--just soft enough to lessen the impact of a stride, but firm enough for great footing. It was perfect, and our progressive exploratory shakeout ended with a rising full moon and cool, low fog.
We had our traditional dinner at Avanti's and headed to the hotel. Late that night, we had our team goal-setting meeting. I was happy to hear that the men had set high goals for their splits and identified good areas for "go zones." Most had never seen Detweiller or raced there before, and I tried to prepare them for the unique current that makes this massive race so memorable. We ended on a tired yet positive note, and went to sleep with the bar set high and a few nerves thrown in for good measure.
The next morning opened with a cool, beautiful sunrise, though the temperature had spiked to the low 80s by the time we got to the course after 11am. The pack was packed and the buzz of Cross Country racing filled the air--we spent some time watching the AA and Open races, shopping, and trying to stay in the shade under the hot sun. By warm-up time the pack looked ready, though Mario discovered poison ivy on the warm-up and would race with a large swatch of red welts on his thigh. We spiked up and went to the box.
The long line surged out with the gun, and from box #10 we were in good position for a straight shot at the first turn in the distance. Our pack went out aggressively and wide, maintaining their space and looking great in the first 800m. The horde sweeping downhill toward the mile carried our men to nice mile times, with Andrew and Eric racing together at 5:21 as the first ZeeBees! Chris, Nathan, and Erwin were packed at 5:35 all around, and our last man was Jourdon at 6:10. This was the opening we had trained for! They looked smart headed into the distant loop of the second mile, and poured back into the main field aggressively. The head was definitely taking a toll on the field at this point, but this race isn't one where runners hold back--our men held this same mentality well into the second mile. Andrew F and Eric were still perfectly packed as they passed at 11-flat, with Mario at 11:16. Chris was solidly our fourth man (11:39), with Erwin and Nathan close behind. Alex R had a monster second mile (11:57) with Issac just behind him (12:01), with Andrew J (12:24) and Jourdon (12:55) rounded off the pack. They used the final downhill nicely and then pushed back up the final straightaway in good form. The whole field inevitably kicked here, and our pack surged across the finish line beautifully.
Eric kicked in as our first man at 16:36, dropping a 48s PR, with Andrew F rolling in just behind him at 16:39 and logging a 36s PR himself! Mario was solidly third with a beautiful comeback race, finishing at 17:14 for a 28s PR! Christopher had the race of his life too, racing as our fourth finisher at 17:35 and dropping 26s in the process! Our fifth, sixth, and seventh were Erwin (18:05) Nathan (18:12) and Alex (18:14), with Alex dropping a 43s PR and Erwin a PR by 19s! Issac was next with a monster race, dropping 49s to race 18:23! Andrew J (19:06) and Jourdon (19:46) rounded off the ZeeBee pack and both racing through significant leg pains but still giving their all in the race.
We placed 37/47 teams today and logged seven lifetime PRs! I am so incredibly proud of the progress and the shift to fierce, assertive, and aggressive racing that we brought today. We needed this turning point, and this capped off a challenging yet rewarding week for the team. They did just what they had come here to do, realizing their goals and pushing each other as a pack in the process. It is time to take this great experience back to the team and push our entire pack to greatness. Nice work this weekend!
Our first major challenge of the year came with our home meet on Tuesday. Despite a fantastic long run and great temperatures the day before, race day arrived with temperatures hovering in the mid 80s, high humidity, and a night of severe thunderstorms that had dumped several inches of water on the course. We monitored it throughout the day, finding that large areas were flooded. Additionally, winds knocked a large branch down in the woods loop, which exposed a gargantuan nest and swarming bees. Arriving early to the course (and waiting out a lightning delay), we had to move the finish line to higher ground and re-route around the bees. Several flooded sections were unavoidable, and generally the course was quite soft. While all of these factors were less than ideal for peak racing, our men took the line in good form and squared off against Waukegan and Lake Zurich.
All of the teams started ankle-deep in water on the starting line, but the bees got out in good form. Headed into the mile, LZ put their top pack together and ahead of our top Bees. Andrew and Eric worked to break them up, while the rest of the men packed up nicely. It was readily apparent that the effort was more taxing than usual, but I appreciated the efforts made. Jourdon and Erwin moved up nicely in the second half, and several packs were racing well together: Thomas and Zacary were side-by-side and packed with Tony and AA at the midpoint. Coming into the two-mile mark, Alex R. was barely leading Andrew J., and Junior made a nice move to pass a Waukegan runner and pack with Chase. Joey and Swole-A were racing tall together, and our men looked determined.
The finishes used up every ounce of available energy. Charging through deep water with 250m to go, the Bees embraced the final pond and worked hard into the finish. Andrew F. cracked into the top LZ pack, splitting their seventh man off and keeping them from a full perfect score and running 17:32. Eric was just behind him at 17:44, and Chris wrapped up an excellent race as our third man at 18:24. Nathan (18:39) and Erwin (19:13) rounded out our top five. Mario made a gutsy comeback from a sick weekend to race as our 6th man (19:32), and Andrew J (19:42), Alex R (19:44), Jourdon (19:54), and Issac (20:21) rounded off our top ten. Chase kicked well for 20:37, followed by Junior (20:45), and Zacary (21:22). A great trio pack surged through next for a nice set of finishes by Thomas (21:32) with AA and Tony on his heels for 21:33 and 21:34 respectively. Trystan had a gutsy race to push through Achilles pain for finish at 22:03. Next was Swole- A, who raced for the team's sole PR--he finsihed at 22:20, dropping seven seconds from his time at Lake County! Well done Alex! Our pack rounded off with good finishes by Joey (22:46), Alex M. (23:24), Isaac (23:28--his first season race!), Brandon (25:10), Jose (25:20), Davion (29:15), and Jonathan B (29:59).
Overall it was a challenging day. We raced as best as we could, but the team felt more defeated by the conditions than by the competition. This tough race will only serve to strengthen us as we move forward and shelve the experience--seeing the resolve for racing was inspiring. Not every race will yield PRs and good feelings, but we are learning to adapt and challenge ourselves. There will be tougher races in our future, and I am proud of how we pushed today. It's time to recover and spring back for the next competition. I am particularly grateful for the alumni support today--thank you to all that came out! We will race again on the Home course in October!
Rebel Invite (Parkside) 9.7.19
Our second meet of the week took us to the Rebel Invite at UW-Parkside--an exciting course with the largest hills we will see this season! It is also a true 5k course (160m farther than we usually run), so times are not readily comparable to the 3.0 times logged throughout the course of the season. Coming off the momentum of our Lake County racing, I urged the team to focus on two areas: Placement and Packwork. This course is one where athletes can readily "fall asleep" on the twisting trails of the second half, and it was in this area that I wanted our team to use the general downhill slope and more upward.
The Varsity men raced first, eight-strong. Only able to see that at the start, midpoint, and end of the race makes it tough to coach, but I was glad to see our men packed up well after the cannon's boom. Andrew and Eric were side-by-side at the midpoint and racing strong, with Chris as our third and Nathan our fourth. Erwin, Andrew J., Jourdon, and Issac were strung out but racing well. Coming into the 3-mile mark with 160 to go, Andrew F. had taken a great risk and put some great distance on Eric--he went on the finish at 17:55 for a 5k PR over his time at the Titan 5k this summer! Eric was our second man at 18:06 with a nice kick as well. Christopher did not relinquish his position as our third man, surging in hard for 18:43 and dropping a minute from his Titan 5k this summer! Nathan was fourth with a solid 19:01 and PR as well, and Erwin had a great second half again to finish at 19:37--also a PR (his fourth consecutive, including Bee Linked)!
Our Open race pack took the line immediately following the Varsity. They surged out in good order across the open field, keeping their pack through the hill before separating. Alex R. and Trystan led the pack, and ended up both finishing together at 19:52! For Alex this is a 5k PR, and Trystan was just four seconds off of his Lake County time for 3.0 miles. Chase rolled in well at 20:35 as our third man, and Tony was the final scorer at 21:28. He was followed closely by Thomas (21:47), and Brandon and Junior fought together right into the chute, logging 21:53 and 21:54 respectively. Our next pack was led by Salvador (22:30), pulling Zacary (22:39), AA (22:40), Jose (23:03), Alex M. (23:25), and David (23:32) into the finish in quick succession. Swole-A launched an impressive kick at the 3-mile mark to land him at 24:16, with Durran following up with a great finish (24:23). Joey (25:20) and Davion (29:48) rounded off the pack with great finishes as well.
Varsity placed 12th/18 teams, while the JV placed 8th/17. This is the only 5k we run this season, and I believe times are secondary to the effort put in by this pack. The kicks were aggressive and calculated, and the pack work was effective in pulling through a strong second half. For those with previous 5k times, we saw eight PRs at this distance. The hilly challenge is conquered and will sharpen us for future races. It was a great Saturday meet, and our pack shows great promise for the Home meet this coming Tuesday!
On a separate note, I would like to congratulate our alumni that ran collegiate races this weekend! Alex, Tristan, Victor, Cynthia--great work!
Lake County 9.4.19
We smashed into the proper season Wednesday night at Waukegan Sports Park for the Lake County Invite. We had set ourselves on solid footing at Deerfield, and on more challenging course the team came into their own and fought well on the narrow, crowded field.
The Varsity ran first, and I had asked them to get push for a fast first mile to set themselves into good position leading into the trails. They did just that, our ten men working in pairs as they approached the trails and the first mile. Mario, Eric, and Andrew F. were racing side-by-side as our leading men at the mile mark, and Alex and Issac had packed nicely together as well. They pushed well toward the midpoint after a tough 1/2 mile up the hill, and then worked in good form on the switchbacks that snaked them down toward the finishing field. I could see the fatigue from the challenging start, but their efforts were fantastic. Erwin made a monster move in his second half, going from being our ninth man to our fourth! I saw them again with about 600m to go, and Eric and Andrew were still leading our pack. They kicked hard to finish at 17:12 and 17:15 respectively, each earning a nice lifetime PR! Mario kicked in as our third man (17:57), with Erwin passing Nathan near the finish, earning him a lifetime PR by 24s under his time at Deerfield (18:24), and Nathan rolled in just behind him at 18:30. Andrew J and Jourdon were fast on their heels, with Andrew logging a nice 18:56 and Jourdon scoring a Season Best 19:11. Issac matched Jourdon stride-for-stride to the finish for a 57s PR (19:12)! Alex R. surged in at 19:22, and Tony rounded off the Varsity pack at 20:54. It was a solid opening effort!
The Open race concluded the evening in style. With unlimited entry, it was a deep field and I asked the runners to emulate the Varsity's strategy before they hit the trails. They packed very well from the gun, and I enjoyed watching the nerves melt away and be replaced by solid racing! Chris and Trystan led our pack at the mile, rolling through nicely just under 5:50. Chase was our third, with Junior and Brandon packing well for the second half. Zacary led a pack with Thomas and Alex M., with Aleman, Salvador, and Joey mere paces behind. Swole-A, Jose, and David powered together, with Armando and Durran also finding strength in racing partnership. Davion and Jonathan rounded off the Zee Bee pack.
This race finished in great form as well! Chris rolled in as our first man at 18:18, leading our pack by a substantial margin. Chase was our second with a 7s PR (19:37) and Trystan finishing his first Cross Country meet with a nice kick and 19:48 time. Brandon was our fourth for a Season Best 20:35, barely edging out Zacary at the finish line--Zacary rand a monster 49s PR (20:35)! Junior was just on their heels at 20:41, with Thomas just seconds behind him at 20:46--a whopping 2:07 PR from his time at Deefield! AA kicked very well for a 30s PR (21:08), followed by a 50s PR by Alex M. (21:32) and a Season Best by Salvador (21:32)! David was next at 22:19, followed by great kicks by Joey and Swole-A. Joey dropped a 2:09 PR (22:25) from his Bee Linked race this summer, and Alex dropped 51s to run 22:27! Jose was just behind at 22:29, running a great 28s PR as well! Durran surged in at 23:10 for a Season Best, followed by Armando (23:33), Davion (26:23)--a 1:50 PR! Jonathan rounded off the pack with the first race of his high school career (28:34).
It was a fantastic racing night. The hilly, narrow course was challenging and the competition was fierce. We logged four Season Best times and THIRTEEN LIFETIME PRS! From a developmental standpoint, we are figuring out racing--but from a team standpoint, we are learning to use the power of the pack to pull each other to greatness. We have much work to do against the other NSC schools this season, but this gives us a great foundation to continue building upon as we grow and strengthen. Great work tonight, Bees!
It was a wonderful season opener for 2019 last night as the Bees traveled to the Deefield Tri to square off against Mather and Deerfield. We carried on the bus our largest team in many years--31 runners--many of whom had worked extremely hard all summer to deepen their endurance and sharpen their strides. The last two weeks have seen blissfully smooth training, and it was time to see what our runners could do in their first race of the season. The weather hovered at a reasonable 80 degree temperature, with pleasant breezes growing in strength as the evening progressed. The Bees were ready, and warmed up in preparation for the 3.0 mile race.
I encouraged the pack to run with each other and to take several risks in the course. This flat course is good for time management, but I was more interested in pushing outside of the comfort zone than regulating pacing for their first effort. There were many nerves on the line, but the pack looked sharp as they finished their strides and listened to the final instructions in the lengthening shadows of the evening.
From the gun the pack surged out in good order. It was immediately apparent that Deerfield's squad was racing their course with sub-16 seriousness, and while we could not match it, I saw our runners using the momentum to keep their eyes up and pull on those in front of them. Eric and Andrew F. took the lead for the Bees, with a pack of five behind them going into the first mile. Alex, Chris, Nathan, Andrew J., and Chris made a nice second pack, with Issac and Erwin not far behind. We were pretty spread out from there until a nice pack led by David, Alex M., and Zacary--which pulled ten Bees together. By the mile mark things had spread out a bit more, but our pack was working in pairs. I was particularly impressed with the new Bees who were racing their first XC race-- Swole-A, Thomas, Alex. M, Tony were taking fine risks.
Heading into the third mile I could see the effects of the hard racing starting to catch up with our pack, but their were gritting hard as they pushed. Eric pulled ahead of Andrew and the Nathan/Mario pack was on pace for 18 minutes. Alex R. had paired with Chris and were running the fastest paces of their racing careers, with Issac and Jourdon pushing hard on the heels of Erwin and Andrew J. Brandon and Alex M. worked up well, with Junior and Tony pairing up for support. In the final lap David pulled ahead of AA, trailed closely by Zac; Jose and Armando pushed hard together, with Salvador gritting through his persistant injury and working near Swole-A. Durran battled hard against a Mather runner as he pushed hard toward the finish.
I had asked for a progressive 400m finish, but by the time most of the guys hit it, they were visually spent. I was impressed to see them collectively summon their energy and reset their arms for the final push to the finish line, knowing that they were finishing on empty. Eric led our pack in his first race in high school, logging 17:17--a very respectable time for his first race! Mario surged in as our second man at 17:42 and 35s PR, followed by Nathan (his 17:49 tying his PR from Peoria last year), Christopher at 18:01 (a 76s PR!), Andrew F. (18:08), Erwin (18:48 for a 58s PR), and Andrew J. (18:51) rounding off the top seven.
Alex Requena also ran the race of his life, surging through at 18:57 and dropping 73s from his previous best at Bee Linked! Jourdon had a tremendous kick to finish as our ninth man (19:19), with Chase running and excellent first race and finishing at 19:44! Issac and Junior surged in together for twin PRs too, with Issac racing an 11s PR (20:09) and Hornilo dropping 7s (20:13)! Tony was fast on their heels for his first race (20:22), followed by Brandon with a great kick as well (21:07). Zacary was fast on his heels for his first race too and a great finish (21:24), with followed by awesome first race efforts by AA (21:38), David (21:39), Alex M. (22:22...dropping over 5 minutes from his Bee Linked time!!!), Thomas (22:53), Jose H. (22:57), Armando (23:12), and Swole-A (23:18)! Salvador pushed hard to finish in great form at 23:33, followed by Durran at 24:05! What a great (and close) pack!
It was a fantastic and satisfying racing night. The team learned a lot about racing through their experience, and definitely had some fun doing it. Our 1-5 split was 51 seconds, which is a nice start but leaves room to tighten--our sixth and seventh were thirty seconds out still. We put some great kicks on the field, which we shall continue to sharpen as we grow. I am particularly excited to see ten men racing their first XC races, and to watch eight men run lifetime PRs in the season opener. Courses will get tougher, but so will we. We have plenty of room to grow, and grow we will with the way they raced tonight. Great job, Bees! Very proud of you all.
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1. 16:01 Andrew F @ Regional
2. 16:13 Mario @ Regional
3. 18:51 Andrew J @Deerfield
1. 16:54 Nathan @ Regional
2. 18:14 Alex R @Peoria
3. 18:14 Issac @Conference
1. 15:59 Eric @ Regional
2. 16:20 Chris @ Regional
3. 17:35 Chase @ Regional