Saturday, November 10, 2012

MXC Weekly Update - Nov. 9

In spite of the second best average team time in history, our team failed to move on to States in a very difficult race.  Here is the historical perspective:
Year - Top Runner - Time - Team Place - Team Average Time
2012 - Kevin Horten - 16:17 - 6th - 17:01
2011 - Jack Inglis - 16:50 - 5th - 17:16
2010 - Anthony Horten - 15:49 - 4th - 17:01
2009 - Anthony Horten - 16:41 - 3rd - 17:04
2008 - David Ringwood - 16:46 - 4th - 17:07
2005 - Ben Leonberg - 16:22 - 1st - 16:45
2004 - Ben Leonberg - 16:58 - 4th - 17:40
As is obvious, Horten ran a great race, setting a PR and running the second fastest time on this course ever by a Moorestown runner.  His 9th place finish earned him a spot at the State Meet next week (top 10 go).  Inglis was 11th after getting as high as 6th near the 2 mile point. He also ran a PR.  
Schneider, Kramer and Howard ran as a pack and finished within 4 seconds of each other.  Schneider's 17:24 was the fastest time ever by a freshman on the MXC team at this course.  Kramer ran a valiant race, overcoming a very painful IT Band.  Howard ended his MXC career with a solid race after a season of ups and downs battling breathing problems.  Morris and Siegel were both disappointed by running a bit slower than their earlier efforts on this same course at the SJ Open.
The good news is that everyone came out with a fresh set of eyes about the work required to be a top team in this very competitive Section and Group.  Our average team time would have placed us 5th even in the Group 4 larger school division (Horten would have placed 4th).  And we would have easily moved on in any other Section in the State.  We are looking forward to Track season and next year already!
Note that we will be training as a team this week with Horten.  And we will be taking a bus to Holmdel.  All Varsity runners are expected to go, and everyone else is welcome.  The coaches will be conducting exit interviews on the ride up and back - so if you want a review of the season, please plan on being on the bus.
MXC Banquet - Tuesday Nov. 13, 6PM!
Yes, it is that time of year again where we wrap up the season and all the miles and races with a feast from Sweet Lucy's Barbecue!  We will be handing out the Mileage T-Shirts and Jackets - please check the website to make sure we have your mileage right.
There are still a few people who need to give the forms and money ( to Robin Rothman (856-778-9148) ASAP!  We need a full count for the banquet by Wednesday so we can plan appropriately.  You can also leave completed forms at Robin's house at 709 Iron Post Road.

Turkey Trot!
Time to get the word out!  Tell your neighbors and friends it is time to sign up for the Turkey Trot!
We have a dedicated team of parent volunteers actively putting the pieces together for the annual Turkey Trot this Thanksgiving morning. We are always looking for help that morning, so please let us know if you can be there to help with the food and beverages, the set-up, registration, clean-up, course marshaling, and finish line.  This is our annual fundraiser, which brings added meaning this year as we are going to be donating $1,000 to the Orkeeswa School Running Club to support their program in addition to our normal Uniform Program and Trail Maintenance. 

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