Friday, September 20, 2013

MXC Update Sept. 18

9/17 Home Batch Meet Recap - We opened the season with a bang!  It was a perfect, crisp day for a cross country meet.  We had a ton of parents and friends out cheering us on. 

Times were FAST - perhaps the lack of wood chips and more stone make for a faster course.  Even considering that, the improvement since the Time Trial is remarkable and shows the hard work and miles the guys have been putting in.  The results have been updated on the website (, but it seemed like most VDOT's improved by 2-5 points.  We had 16 Personal Records - Poaletti, Cramer, Entwhistle, Barsoum, Novak, Topel, Munilla, Argentieri, Handlan, Graham, Cantwell, Feldan, Mayer, Infanger, Katz, and Sam Sprigel. And of course a bunch of new runners who show a lot of promise for the future.  One of the things we celebrate is improvement, and to see guys like Raul Espinosa start running in the beginning of the summer and barely be able to complete 2 miles progressing to the point he can throw down a 24:50 is AWESOME! 

Horten and Inglis led the race almost the entire way - Katz held the lead for the first 200 ;-).  They looked very strong running 16:53 and 16:56.  The high school course record is held by Anthony Horten, who ran a 16:45 in 2010 - so those are very impressive times.  Morris ran strong behind them finishing 3rd overall against the 4 other teams. It is nice to see him rounding back into shape after the broken collarbone took him out for about 5-6 weeks this summer.  Poaletti had a 1 minute PR and was our 4th man, with Cramer right behind him.  Entwhistle's hard training paid off as he was our 6th man and ran a very tough race.  Barsoum and Zimmer were in close pursuit to round out the guys who have qualified for Varsity by running sub- 19 minutes. Congratulations!

From a team perspective, we won all 4 races by scores ranging from 15-50 to 17-46 (the low score wins since you add up the place - for example Horten scored 1 point, Inglis 2 points, Morris 3 points and the Holy Cross runner scored 4 points, then Poaletti scored 5 points and Cramer 6 points - add them up and we scored 17 against Holy Cross).

Next Race - Saturday Cherokee Challenge.  See more info on this unique race done by class over a 2 mile course.

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