Fayette Eagle Invitational Recap

Alexis powers up the hill to the finish
Alexis powers up the hill to the finish

Recap:

It was a tale of two courses at Harrison Lake State Park.  The forecast called for a possibility of rain showers in the morning, and that’s exactly what we got as we endured at least a good inch plus of steady rain.  We were thrown a curve ball right from the start as they changed the course from previous years, essentially running it in reverse.  This turned out to be great for the middle school…not so much for the high school.  The first mile of this course is very fast; but where the middle school ends with a pretty decent second mile, the second mile of the high school course is a brutal battle uphill for what seems like the entire mile.  So whereas the middle school athletes were turning in PR’s left and right, the high school athletes were running split differences of +1:00 to +1:30 from the first to second mile.  To add to the difficulties, we had five high school athletes out with injuries or illness.

That said, it was still a solid effort by our varsity runners, both during an excellent first mile and some excellent finishing surges.

Grace and Leah fighting to the finish
Grace and Leah fighting to the finish
Leah, Alexis and Grace at the starting line
Leah, Alexis and Grace at the starting line

Here are the results for the High School:

Last Name First Name Finish Place
VanOstrand Phoenix 21:22 57
John Ruth 24:24 104
Simon Pete 32:59 124
Bryson Grace 25:41 59
Schwan Leah 25:43 61
McCormick Alexis 30:39 100
The Middle School Girls getting pumped up for the race
The Middle School Girls getting pumped up for the race

From what I heard, the Middle School races were fun to run (even if they weren’t quite as fun to watch) thanks to the rain.  We ran very competitively, finishing sixth as a team in both races. Both teams ran well, and eight out of the eleven runners set a new lifetime PR, including Savannah breaking her own Middle School girls record. Here’s how big the day was for those eight runners:

Savannah – New MS girls record, PR by 8 seconds
Kennedy – New PR by 18 seconds
Maddy – New PR by 8 seconds
Morgan – New PR by 27 seconds
Shane – New PR by 4 seconds
Chan – New PR by 26 seconds
Evan – New PR by 8 seconds
Chris – New PR by 30 seconds
The Middle School boys team actually tied with Delta for fifth at 138 points, but because we did not have a sixth runner and Delta did, they finished fifth and Evergreen took sixth.  The girls team took sixth with 157 points, just holding off Montpelier at 159.
Here are the overall results for the Middle School:
Last Name First Name Finish Place
VanOstrand Savannah 14:37 14
Syroka Millie 15:37 39
Keller Kennedy 15:02 25
Peluso Maddy 16:48 62
Foster Morgan 18:19 71
Ruetz Kamryn 25:03 84
Schwan Ben 12:36 5
Ruetz Shane 12:54 14
Ruetz Chandler 15:16 63
Pennington Evan 15:23 65
Harzell Chris 16:54 83

Full Event Results are available on Baumspage.

As we look towards the next meet at Widewater Park, we’re hoping to see our missing runners return to health. We have some great workouts planned for this week, so hopefully we’ll get past the injuries and illness and press on for a great Homecoming weekend!

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