In a field of 289 kids, 36 schools were represented today at Crawford County. The MVHS harriers sent 8 young men to compete: 2 in the Junior/Senior race and 6 in the Frosh/Soph race. While two classes ran at a time, the guys were ranked per class and then an overall combination was used to determine team scores.
The guys really mixed it up today and got competitive within our own ranks! It wasn’t until the very end of the race that it was determined who would come out on top for the ‘Cats. On this course, it is very easy for the times to be between 45 and 90 seconds slower than the previous week. With that being said, most of the guys were right around the same time as their last race or even faster. This shows that the guys are starting to get into “race shape” and will continue to show improvement through these next few weeks especially if they will continue to be competitive with one another.
Leading the ‘Cats with a late race surge was Freshman Carson Tucker who finished 11 seconds faster than last week at Angel Mounds (20:47.1). Running second for Mt. Vernon was Freshman Keith Alstadt who led MV through the first mile of the race and held on to push Tucker and company on his way to a PR which was nearly 5 minutes faster than last week (21:01.9). Finishing 3rd for Mt. Vernon was another Freshman, Micah Luckett who ran over 45 seconds faster than last week (21:22.4). Mt. Vernon’s 4th place runner on the day was also a Freshman, Ethan Sutfin, who was just 2 seconds behind his teammate after an aggressive start to the race (21:24.4). In 5th for the ‘Cats was the lone Sophmore Lane Branson (22:23.0). Junior Seth Dewar (23:08.2) ran 6th for Mt. Vernon in a time that was a minute and 10 seconds faster than last weekend. Blake Morris, a fellow Junior was 7th on the day for the ‘Cats (23:17.4) finishing just 9 seconds behind his teammate and nearly a minute faster than his last race. Fighting through to finish the course in 29:38 was Freshman Malaki Harms.
I am super proud of these guys! Next weekend, they will participate in the Pike Central Invite held at the Regional Course, Pride’s Creek. This race will be a “Regional Preview” and I’m excited to see what the guys can do!