Widewater Invitational Recap

Ben represents Evergreen on the podium with an 8th place finish
Ben represents Evergreen on the podium with an 8th place finish
The Middle School girls team kicks off the day with the first race. They finished 7th overall on the day.
The Middle School girls team kicks off the day with the first race. They finished 7th overall on the day.

Recap:

Widewater is always a favorite for the team, and it was fun to initiate several new runners (and a couple coaches) into the fan club.  As with last year, there was a “water hazard” right at the bottom of the hill preceding the final stretch to the finish. Fortunately, it was not waist-deep this year, making it more manageable (if anything, the hazard was the muddy spot on the other side at the base of the hill).

Brendan looks to attach the hill after emerging from the water hazard
Brendan looks to attach the hill after emerging from the water hazard
Leah finishes off a strong first mile, with Lilly close behind
Leah finishes off a strong first mile, with Lilly close behind

Our high school teams were still thin this week as we continue to try and get everyone healthy; we had three runners out with illness/injury and a few “walking wounded” who fought through the race at less than 100%.  Brendan was able to turn in a season best time despite a nagging hip problem, and John and Phoenix both set lifetime PR’s in the race.  Phoenix became our first sub-20 runner since Kurtis Pierce at the District Championship in 2011, and cut an amazing 2:39 off his time from last year’s Widewater meet. Brendan is closing in as well and will hopefully break that 20:00 barrier soon.  Lilly and Leah also ran very strong races; the best of the year for both, taking 1:01 and 1:39 off last year’s times, respectively.

Here are the results for the High School:

Last Name First Name Finish Place
VanOstrand Phoenix 19:50 90
Miller Brendan 20:56 122
Ruth John 23:55 157
Simon Pete 30:42 168
Kuszmaul Lilly 24:32 75
Schwan Leah 25:00 83
McCormick Alexis 31:38 113
Klebold Hannah 30:48 116
Savanna with a 21st place finish and another Middle School record
Savanna with a 21st place finish and another Middle School record
Chris fights through the water hazard on his way to the finish
Chris fights through the water hazard on his way to the finish

On the Middle School side, it was another strong showing with five new lifetime PR’s and another new Middle School girls record.  Savanna shaved another eight seconds off her previous record and has her eyes set on sub-14 with two fast races to go in the season.  Kennedy broke the 15:00 barrier for the first time, and Kam took almost a full minute off her personal best.  On the boys side, Ben turned in another Top 10 performance as he draws close to that 12:00 barrier.  Both Ben and Shane took over 1:30 off their times from last year, and both Shane and Evan set a lifetime PR for the second week in a row (Chris tie’d his lifetime PR set at last week’s meet).

Here are the results for the Middle School:

Last Name First Name Finish Place
VanOstrand Savannah 14:30 21
Keller Kennedy 14:58 30
Syroka Millie 15:16 39
Peluso Maddy 17:39 71
Foster Morgan 19:06 75
Ruetz Kamryn 23:49 89
Schwan Ben 12:16 8
Ruetz Shane 12:39 18
Ruetz Chandler 16:08 122
Pennington Evan 15:16 106
Harzell Chris 16:54 127

Full Event Results are available on Baumspage.

(Thanks to Angie VanOstrand for several of this week’s pictures!)

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