2022 CROSS COUNTRY
JT Invite 9.24.22
I have always liked this course. It combines many great elements of Cross Country --rolling trails, grass pathways, a hill challenge, and a great, long finish. While the hill is challenging to run up three times over the course of the meet, there are so many opportunities for great racing that our athletes usually run really fast here. The turn to cooler weather this last week happened exactly on the first day of autumn--it felt like we also turned over a new leaf in our racing this season as our team embraced the cooler temperatures and their growing fitness. Conditions this morning were absolutely perfect as we drove out to Fox Lake for the meet.
The frosh-soph men were the first on the line for the men's team today. This pack has been making amazing strides in their racing, and I have enjoyed coaching their progressing packs and seeing their outstanding finishes. They collectively went out with amazing energy this morning, racing in a large field. Orion went out leading our pack in the first half, with Tony and Andrew not far behind as they surged up the hill a second time. Deonta had a great first half, followed by Kingston in the first race of his XC career. Nick took a lead on a ZB pack of Steven, Noah, Noah, and Robert, which did a great job of sticking together, with Tyler, Caleb, and Reilly taking the hill in great stride. The field spread out a little more in the second half, much thanks to the hill, but our packs continued the good work with Andrew and Tony working forward of Orion. Into the finish, Andrew and Tony kicked hard to be our first and second at 19:35 and 19:36, both catching opponents in the final straightaway. Orion was next at 20:22, followed by Deonta throwing down a huge PR race at 20:43, dropping 37s from his time at Dawson! Noah M surged away from his pack as well, racing 22:22 for a 13s PR and amazing kick, with Nick and Noah C finishing next at 23:01 and 23:03. For Nicholas this was a great Season Best in his progression, and at this point he is not far at all off his PR from last year. Kingston was next to earn a PR 23:37 in his first XC race, followed quickly by Robert (24:01), Tyler (24:08), and Steven (24:14). For Tyler and Steven this was a big PR race, with Tyler dropping a whopping 2:08 from his Dawson time and Steven 59s! Caleb kicked well for 25:21, and Reilly did the same for 29:11. Reilly ran a big PR in this race, dropping 41 seconds from his Deerfield time. Nice work, pack!
Our Varsity hit the line next, seven-strong. This is the same pack from Dawson, and they knew that today they needed to earn spots for the upcoming Peoria trip in this race. I told them to temper their first mile a little, and they went out in excellent form from the gun. Eric joined the top pack right away, and Ryan worked up to keep in contact with an excellent first half. Alex, Jared, Adam, Jay, and Jarek raced the first mile in very close proximity, which I was very excited about. In he second half, after the next trip up the hill, Eric looked relaxed and holding well in fifth place. Jared and Adam were racing shoulder-to-shoulder headed into the trails, with Jarek just behind them and Jay working forward. When it came to the finishes, Eric had a fantastic kick for a fifth place medal and 16:20 overall time. Ryan had his best finishing place and lifetime PR 17:36, dropping six seconds from Deerfield and earning a ribbon--his early-race efforts today definitely paid off. Alex (17:57) and Jay (18:09) were our third and fourth, with Jared racing through a sore achilles today as our fifth man at 18:48. Adam had a great kick to finish at 19:00, with Jarek surging in just behind him at 19:06. Varsity finished 6th out of 14 full teams today!
Bill Dawson 9.17.22
We braced for an exciting day as we headed to Warren for our biggest XC meet of the year to date, the Bill Dawson Invitational. The flat course contains three loops, and with dozens of teams it would prove to be a great day for competing. The early morning cool temps were particularly inviting, and the positive energy on the bus set us up for a day of great potential. Before long we were at the course and walking the damp grass loop and warming up.
The Frosh-Soph pack was the second race of the day. After warming up, this large crew was prepared on and on the line. I encouraged them to take a risk and go with the competition, which they certainly did with the gun. In the first half mile, Orion, Tony, and Andrew were leading our pack, and I saw many guys making moves to close up gaps in the crowded field. As things spread out a bit after the mile mark, with Orion leading our ZBXC pack with a 5:52 opening mile. Tony and Andrew were holding together at 6:03 and Deonta our fourth at 6:19. Both Noahs, Jimmy, and Steven were within paces of each other between 7:23 and 7:30, with Robert and Caleb packed with Tyler on their heels.
The third loop looked awesome and I saw a few nice moves being made. Tony and Andrew moved up past Orion here in a nice late-race surge, which Orion used to go along. Tony cross the line as our first athlete for 19:29, a lifetime PR, and Andrew a step behind for a lifetime 19:30 as well! Orion had a great stride to finish at 19:46, a Season Best and a nice race after weeks of sickness recovery. Deonta, in just his third race of the season, broke 22 and sprinted hard for a PR 21:20, just as Noah M and Noah C were racing into the stadium. Noah M finished first for a lifetime PR 22:35, and Noah C just seconds behind him for a lifetime PR 22:43. Jimmy threw down a nice kick as well, racing a fantastic 23:12 PR, with Caleb and Robert in their finishing loop as well. Caleb kicked in for 23:52, a nearly two-minute PR and Robert running the largest PR of the day, dropping 2:21 to finish at 23:57! Steven had a wonderful kick to race to finish with a PR 25:13, and Tyler's stride earned him a 26:16 PR as well! Every runner earned a lifetime PR or a Season Best in this race--an impressive feat!
Nearly two hours later, the sun had come out and the heat had risen into the low 80s--a 15 degree swing. The Varsity took the line, seven-strong, and completed their strides. I had asked them to take a risk in the first mile of this race, knowing their endurance would carry them to great races. The temperature would prove to be a challenge, however, but they carried out the instructions perfectly as the huge field rolled forward. I was surprised, though, how the heat affected the entire field. The fastest first mile was just sub-5, with Eric holding the 7th place position at 5:10... this is quite slow for this course in years past. Ryan split 5:29 as our second man, with Alex just behind him but nine places back at 5:31. Jared (5:34) and Jay (5:37) were next, with Adam and Jarek racing well at 6:10 at the mile. It was progressing well and our men were in a very good position in the field.
The latter half was very challenging, but our men split the second and third miles nearly evenly as the heat sapped at their strength. Eric was in 9th at the second mile, and would finish 10th overall at 16:19 for a medal! Alex made a late-race surge to finish as our second man at 17:34, with Ryan and Jay finishing in lockstep for 17:45 and 17:46 respectively. Jared locked in our fifth scoring position with a great kick as well, racing 18:24. Jarek and Adam finished the race they had run together, with Jarek racing 19:00 and Adam 19:05. For Jarek, this was a nice comeback race, bringing his time down nicely after several weeks of sickness. The Varsity placed 10th/16 full teams. While it wasn't the fast results many were driving for, the exceptional start and first mile showed heart. In better conditions, the outcome would undoubtedly be different, but still, we ran hard and finished well.
The final race of the day was the Open race, and we had just one runner entered. Cesar took the line knowing that it would just be him representing the ZBXC pack. With his usual sense of humor he joked about carrying the entire team on his shoulders, and then with two snappy strides and a swarm of his teammates, he took the line and the gun went off. Cesar raced forward and started the race off in great fashion. At the mile, he had logged 7:42--the fastest he has ever started a race. He cooled off the pace a bit in the second mile, and worked hard in the third. At the finishing stretch, he threw down a nice challenge to a Crystal Lake South athlete, just narrowly missing him at the finish line. But by taking a risk, he threw down a 46s lifetime PR. Congratulations, Cesar!
This is usually a meet and a course where we excel and walk away feeling positive. The three 1-mile loops are flat and good confidence boosters, as we saw in the F/S race. But sometimes the course conditions are challenging--either scenario, these athletes worked hard toward their goals. I am so proud of the finishes, and this next week we are going to hone these further when we are tired. We have a dual meet and the Conference meet on this course later this season so we won't be strangers. As this team develops and excels, the next race here is going to be different. Keep up the good work, Bees!
It was an eighty-degree evening as we returned to Waukegan Sports Park for our second dual meet of the year against Mundelein and our hosts, Waukegan. This was going to be a small field of competitors, and I asked a number of the runners to approach this day as a workout opportunity for even splits on their first two miles. After a short warmup, we were off to the line.
The weather felt like it was cooling down a bit, and there were far less insects out from the last time we attacked this course. From the gun, the packs surged forward and around the baseball field. Eric took an early, assertive lead, which he would hold for the entire race. Our first pack after that came together nicely with seven Mundelein runners by the time they hit the mile, and they looked to be both in good shape and within five seconds of their target mile time. Ryan was leading this, with Jared off his right shoulder, with Alex, Jay, Orion, and Adam just behind. Our second pack passed in good form as well, with Tony leading Andrew, Deonta, and Jarek. I was very pleased to see a third pack of Zee Bee racers working together, with Noah M. setting the pace. Steven set himself up for a good race by holding right behind Noah at the mile, followed by Noah C., Caleb, Nick, Jimmy, and Robert. Cesar was leading Tyler, and Reilly was just behind. We were looking great at the mile mark.
I know that the hill up to the midpoint of the race is a monster challenge, and it indeed tired our packs. They did a great job working down from it on the switchbacks. Eric swung through and handily won the meet with a time of 16:57 and a nice evenly-split second half. Ryan was next at 18:55 and a nice kick, followed by Jared (19:05) and Alex (19:11)-- Jalen followed soon after at 19:23 to round out our top five. Adam kicked in for 20:36 with Tony right behind him at 20:42, and Orion followed at 21:01, and Jarek finished a fantastic recovery race at 21:20 with Andrew just a handful of strides behind him (21:41).
After a couple minutes our next packs entered the final field and worked hard to get across the finish line. Deonta finished his second race of the season at 24:33, with Noah C (25:20) and Noah M (25:28) finishing with great final kicks. Caleb (25:49) and Nick (26:59) were our next finishers, with Nick running a Season Best race here and Caleb throwing down the team's only PR! Cesar kicked hard for 28:15 with Jimmy just behind him (28:43), followed by Steven (29:37), Robert (29:52), Tyler (30:05), and Reilly (30:26).
The workout day wasn't geared toward winning the race, but we came very close in points, running 33 to Mundelein's 24 and beating Waukegan. The hills were challenging and finishes generally looked quite nice, which will be positive for our upcoming meet at Warren this next weekend. Nice work tonight!
Home v. LF 9.6.22
The first word that comes to mind when considering the excellent race of the Zee Bees tonight would be "proud." The men came together after a short rest and a long weekend to come out swinging in our first dual meet of the season, and our only home meet. I asked the team to toe the line and race to their best abilities as we went head-to-head with Lake Forest. They did just that and came away with a win!
The eighty-degree temperature had cooled slightly and the course was in the best shape it possibly could be, thanks to the Zion Park District--who mowed it down perfectly and trimmed up the low branches--and the Zion-Benton grounds staff--who came out and double-lined the entire thing! Thank you to both! We had the course set up in no time and the teams were ready to run. The men warmed up and came out looking ready. With a break-down circle and a few final words about dominating our home course, the starter called us to the line. It was on!
The men went out aggressively at the gun, a key move that set them up in nice positions by the mile mark. Eric took an early and decisive lead, and our next pack was Jared, Ryan, and Alex pressing hard; Jay was next and Tony was punching forward against a pair of LF opponents. Adam, Andrew, Jarek, and Deonta passed in quick succession, all looking well in the first half. Jimmy and Noah M packed up together to the midpoint, with Tyler, Noah C, and Nick within a dozen paces of each other. Caleb and Riley were competing in good form here, and I raced to the midpoint by the goose pond to catch the race again.
Eric had put nearly 200m on the nearest runner by this point and had split just under 5 in the first mile--he hit the second at 10:30. Alex had gained a couple paces on Jared, and Ryan was racing well right by his side and working to box out a LF opponent. Jay and Adam were our five and six, with Tony pressing here and Andrew racing next to Jarek--these latter two would be running stride-for-stride at the 2-mile mark as well.
Eric surged into the chute for a 15:43 PR race, taking third place on our all-time ZBXC record board, and doing it with incredible self-discipline. Alex lengthened his stride to finish 3rd with a PR 17:24, dropping six seconds from his time at Deerfield! Jared punched in as our third finisher with a remarkable 17:55--Jared's PR was previously 19:14 at Lake County, so he skipped the 18's completely by dropping 1:19 in time! Ryan was just behind him at 18:04 with a gutsy finish and much-needed team points. A LF runner edged our Adam and Jay in the final 100, but Adam gave chase and landed a 18:34 PR, dropping 21 seconds from his Deerfield time! He was also our fifth scoring man and secured the winning score. Jay worked hard just behind him at 18:36.
Andrew finished his race in the same way he had begun--by running fast. He ran 19:46 with a monster finish, for a whopping 1:40 PR and first sub-20 race! Jarek was just a few strides behind with 20:04 in his first race back from a long illness. Tony worked in nicely at 20:53 as our next man with a great kick. Deonta finished the first ZBXC race of his career at 22:13 for his first PR and a great finish, followed by Noah M at 24:34--a huge 41 second PR! Jimmy matched his stride for 24:33, with Robert surging home in great form as well for 26:18--a PR of 4 seconds from his time at Deerfield! Steven finished his first ZBXC race as well to log a 26:20 PR, and Tyler and Noah C were just behind him. Tyler kicked in hard to run 26:28--dropping a monster 3:09 PR, which was the biggest time drop of the day! Noah had an excellent kick at 26:32, and then I looked up to see Nick, Caleb, and Reilly cruising down the hill. Nick ran 29:37 and Caleb 29:46, with Reilly finishing at 30:53. This rounded off the impressive races of the ZBXC pack!
At the end of the night, we had won 24-32 against Lake Forest. We had been 6-8 against Lake Forest since 2008, with this victory making seven wins now. Ten lifetime PRs is very impressive as well, but most importantly I was impressed and proud of the way we truly raced. We had a heavy meet at Parkside and runners could have chosen to chill a bit and stay in their comfort zones--but clearly they chose to run great races. The heart and guts shown in the face of competition tonight collectively made this one of the best ZBXC races I have had the honor to coach. Adding to his, Eric moved up the Top Ten board to third--a major achievement. Very good work tonight, Bees!
Rebel Invitational 9.3.22
It's been a rigorous week, and we topped it off with a second race in the span of four days. Today we journeyed just northward to the famed UW-Parkside XC course for the Rebel Invite. This has been an annual tradition for several years now and universally a challenging one for both its distance (4k and 5k), and the notoriously-challenging hills. Today it was over eighty degrees at the first cannon, with barely any breeze to stir it up. It felt toasty as we walked the course, but I noted the course itself was in fantastic shape and ready for some work. I prefaced the race day with the fact that I care little for the times today in the races--since we don't have any to compare to in the season, the effort today was the best measure of our success. I was looking for kicks in the final 200m, and our men pushing themselves on the course. I would be impressed by the time the day was done!
Our freshmen took the line first for the team, preparing for the 4k race. This crew is incredible in their positive spirit, and for the support of each other. They got out in good form from the cannon and headed up the hill. I saw them again as they cruised past the park entrance with just 1200m to go. Andrew was leading our pack in the race's top ten--he got out really well! Noah M was next in a remarkable first half as well, with Noah C not too far behind him. Caleb attacked the second half hill with excellent arms, and not far behind him Tyler and Jimmy were packed together; Reilly made incredible use of the downhill toward the park entrance to recover and reset his stride. I didn't even make it over to the finish in time to see Andrew fly around the corner and sprint the final 150--he charged in for a fantastic 13th place finish (16:48). Noah M was next with a mighty kick for 20:30, with Noah C next at 21:15. I turned back just in time to see Caleb unleash a mighty kick for 22:27, followed closely by Jimmy at 23:40, Tyler at 24:08, and Reilly at 25:37. Overall these incredible freshmen took 8th place as a team and finished the course in wonderful form. Nice racing!
The Varsity pack was the next men's race, and we had a few minutes of cloud cover that felt like it cooled things down a bit. Our goal today was to decrease our 1-5 split, which we have successfully done in the last two races, by racing as closely together as possible through the woods. With six men on the line (the rest out sick unfortunately), we launched forward with the cannon's boom and the race was on. At the midpoint of the day's first 5k, Eric was racing in toward the very top of the field and looking excellent as he charged the second major hill. Ryan was racing in excellent form with Alex and Jay just behind him; Jared was leading Adam by about 30 seconds. It was clear that the heat and terrain were challenging, but the team was working well. Their finishes were even better. Eric slung around the final turn and kicked into high gear, passing the 3-mile mark at 16:31 and finishing the 5k for a 5th place medal at 17:01! Jalen and Ryan raced side-by-side with fantastic kicks as well, passing the 3-mile at 18:23/18:24. Both finished nicely at 18:53, with the split-second lead going to Jay. Alex hit the 3-mile at 18:55 and finished at 19:23. Jared was up next and extended his stride in excellent form, passing the 3-mile at 19:25 and picking off several runners before finishing at 19:52! Adam was misdirected for a minute but finished well at 20:06, bringing our pack home. The six-strong team placed 7th/14 from a nicely-run race.
The last race of the day was the JV 5k, and the heat/sun had returned. Four more runners took the line for the final race--and after a couple final strides they were off and rolling! Tony set a goal for a hard first half, and he went out nicely making this happen. Robert was our next guy at the midpoint, followed by Nick and Cesar. Nick has been gaining strength back from knee pain early in the season and it was good to see him racing for the second time this week; Cesar has been getting over a bout of sickness and kept his omnipresent positivity about him as he pushed the pack forward. At the final stretch, Tony hit the 3-mile at 21:20 and closed with a fantastically-fast turnover at 21:48! Robert hit the 3-mile at 26:53 and closed at 27:34 with a good kick as well. At the end, Cesar had caught up with Nick and they pushed on together. Nick rolled through three at 28:04 and finishing at 28:43. Cesar kicked hard right behind him, crushing the three at 28:07 and finishing at 28:53! Nice job, Bees!
One thing that stuck with me was just how much better we raced today than at Lake County. We came out just a few days later on a longer course with far more difficult terrain--and crushed it. The day was just as hot, but we used the recovery days effectively. Looking at the three-mile times, most guys were close to their season bests, and some far better than their Lake County times. This shows incredible growth in just a few days as we finished a heavy week. These races are stepping stones for our season's progress, and much needed as we grow as a team and tackle different courses--with this in the back pocket, we can truly work through anything.
I am very excited for Tuesday's home meet, where all the men will be taking the line against Lake Forest! I'll put in for some good weather, too, and see this team race to their full potential!
Lake County 8.31.22
"Challenging" is probably the first word that comes to mind for the men that raced Wednesday night at Lake County. The course at Waukegan Sports Park is far more difficult than the Deerfield course from last week, so the challenges were not unanticipated. The course contains hills, uneven trail terrain, and is nearly 5k, which is longer than our first course by about 160 meters. With temperatures in the mid 80s and little breeze to mitigate, we still dialed in for a night of racing.
The Varsity men took the line first. We could enter ten, but with several guys out with sickness, only six toed the line. These are experienced racers and Oshkosh veterans, and they went out splendidly. At the first mile, Eric was sitting nicely in the sixth position, with Ryan, Alex, and Jay within a stride length of each other. Jared was about twenty seconds back, with Adam not far behind him. I was able to catch them again at the midpoint as they rounded the course at Green Bay Road, and it was here that the heat and exhaustion had clearly set in. We've had a heavy week to this point and I know it was still in their legs at this point, but our pack was still pushing. Eric was still in the top ten, with Alex putting a little distance on Jalen and Ryan. On the second half they worked hard on the switchbacks and into the finishing stretch. With 800 to go, Jared made a great move to lengthen his stride and open on the competition.
Eric finished in 16th (17:16), with Alex our next runner at 18:47. Jared worked himself up to our third finisher for a lifetime PR 19:14 finish--a remarkable achievement tonight! Jay finished at 19:36, Ryan at 19:42, and Adam at 20:11. Overall the team took 12th/16 teams. It was a gutsy race!
I barely made it over the start of the massive coed Open race, in which we had a huge pack of runners ready to compete! Their energy and positivity was palpable, and I encouraged them to pack together and compete. With the gun, the entire field slowly marched forward and the race was on! The temperature slowly started to come down, which was nice, but hundreds of dragonflies came out to eat.
Tony was our first athlete through the mile, throwing his signature thumbs-up as he passed me. Andrew was next, with a Round Lake runner right on his elbow. Jimmy got our especially well today, too, and was racing well as our third--the rest of our pack was stretched down the trail. I saw them again on their way down in the second mile, and despite the heat and challenging terrain, they were working as best as they could. Headed out of the trail, Tony was still leading the ZeeBee charge and fighting a Libertyville competitor, with Andrew working his stride on the turns. Noah C. was opening and racing the turns in good shape and Caleb had worked up nicely. Nick and Tyler were two strides apart as they worked together, this being the first race this season for both men. In short, we were working hard!
Tony was the first ZeeBee into the chute at 21:00, and Andrew was just behind him at 21:28. For Andrew this was a lifetime PR, beating his Deerfield time by 17s! Noah C was next at 24:45--just 3s off his PR--with Noah M surging home nicely at 25:34. Caleb threw down a nice kick for 26:50, and Nick and Tyler punched home together for 29:13 and 29:37 respectively. This was Tyler's first race and established his PR--congrats! Jimmy brought home a tough race at 31:23. Reilly was not far behind in the 32s, but unfortunately his bib didn't read and his race wasn't recorded in the results. Sorry, Reilly! The ZeeBees placed 12th/13 in this race.
It was indeed a challenging night. This is part of a tough week in which we are putting in hard work in practice, working in hot temps, and racing two tough courses. By design, this week will be a significant milestone in our training. I am impressed at the effort put into the races, and especially by the men whose times were close to that of Deerfield--many likely ran a 3-mile PR if there had been a measurement. This, alone, shows incredible growth in these runners. Times across all the teams were not fast, but our hearts were. Nobody shrunk from the work.
It's time to recharge and hit some kilometers at Parkside this weekend! Keep up the strong work, Bees!
"STRONG" is really the best word to describe the season-opening performance of Zion-Benton Cross Country as the men took the line for the first time. It was in the low 80s and humid as we warmed up and scouted the course, but the course is one of the best for a season's starting point and the competition was promising. Deerfield, Warren, and Mather joined us. All of the ZBXC men who had enough practices were on the line for the 3-mile race.
Right as the run-outs ended, the sky opened up and a cooling rain poured down. This steadily soaked everyone, the course, and the entire pile of team gear, but the cooling sensation's role in the race cannot be understated. The gun went off and the pack surged forward.
I encouraged the team to run their best and see where their summer and early-season fitness was at on this night. With so many men launching into their first race, I knew the race would unfold differently for each athlete, but encouraged packing together. I was very impressed by how they got out and into the first lap. Eric took a commanding lead in the opening 800m, with a Mather runner about 8-10 seconds behind him and the Deerfield pack behind them. Ryan went out hard as our second man, followed by Alex and Jay side-by-side. Jarek and Adam had excellent starts as well, and most of our men spread out as they raced solo over the course, interspersed with opponents.
Just after the mile mark, Eric still commanded the race and looked fantastic through the downpour. Alex had moved up and relieved Ryan from the #2 position, with Jay running tall in the middle of the top Deerfield group as our #3. Jarek and Adam rounded off the top 5 through mile two as well. I was very impressed with the new athletes as we hit the midpoint! Jimmy was leading the first-timers, with Noah C. not far behind, followed by Noah M. and Caleb. Cesar and Riley were racing hard--and running the fastest I have ever seen either compete. I dodged over to the final loop for the finishes.
It was here that I was most impressed by the pack tonight. Typically, I see the spend athletes run in to the chute at the same paces they held during the race, and we would work for the season to develop kicks. But tonight, the opposite occurred and the Bees hungerly ate up the final 150!
Eric surged in to stave off the Mather opponent, running a lifetime best 15:44 and winning the race! A bunch of Mather and Deerfield athletes hammered in the final mile ahead of our men, but out pack, when it arrived, was fast and powerful. Jay and Alex sprinted together and finished at 17:29 and 17:30 respectively, both earning lifetime PRs! Ryan kicked hard to break 18 for the first time in his life, finishing next at 17:42! Jarek and Adam pulled on one another as our #4 and #5, with Jarek lengthening his stride to finish for a lifetime PR 18:52 and Adam at a PR 18:55--Adam beat out a Warren runner by a split second here!
Antonio kicked hard in his first race of the season, earning a season-best 20:54. Andrew was the first first-timer to race to completion, running a PR 21:45! Jimmy was not far behind him, racing a monster PR 23:14. Jimmy had previously run his 25:38 PR in a workout the week before, and it was amazing to see him drop so much time. Noah C. was next at a PR 24:42 (erroneously reported in the results, which should be re-labeled shortly), with Noah M. just behind at 25:13 for a lifetime PR as well. Robert, racing back after a track season of injury, hammered down a PR 26:22, with Caleb breathing down his neck to race a PR 26:42 and a monster kick. Cesar finished with the fastest race of his life at 27:33, and Riley broke 30 for the first time as he raced 29:52! What a solid set of finishes!
While Deerfield and Mather got more people in the top 20 than we did, we took 3rd and beat the Warren underclassmen tonight. Our stats are excellent-- 1 Season Best and 14 lifetime PRs! Some men were over a minute faster than when they ran the course last year, and the significance of the time drops collectively on the team cannot be understated. From our first to our final finisher, the Bees worked incredibly hard. I believe that if this work ethic can be extended throughout the entire season this team is destined for truly amazing feats as they work together. I cannot wait for next week as we race twice and should be out at full strength as well. It's clear that we rise to competition, and there will be plenty of that to sharpen us. Nicely done tonight!
1. Eric B - 15:43 @Home
2. Alex D- 17:24 @Home
3. Jared D - 17:55 @Home
1. Jalen D - 17:29 @Deerfield
2. Ryan H - 17:36 @ Grant
3. Antonio O - 19:29 @ Dawson