On Saturday, MVXC sent two boys to the IHSAA Regional at Pride’s Creek in Petersburg. Junior Tommy Kelley and Sophomore Braden Dike ran in a field of 88 runners who all stepped up to the line with hopes of a Semi-State date next weekend as either a member of an advancing team or one of 10 unattached individuals.
This time, it was Braden’s time to lead MV. Despite the cold and hilly course, he ran a blistering 17:09.48 which bested his previous personal record by 15 seconds. Ironically, that time was also on this course as Braden is a strong hill runner. His 17th place finish placed him in 9th amongst the unattached individuals who advanced. In typical years, places as high as 25-30 are still enough to advance, but this year’s wide open field in the boys’ race made it much more difficult to advance as the 19th individual finisher was the last individual to advance to the Brown County Semi-State! Braden continues to learn his race strategy and we’re excited for him as well as our future. As a sophomore in only his first season of cross country, he will be representing us as a semi-state qualifier – and thus, the tradition continues!
Junior Tommy Kelley gave it all he had but in the end, he ran out of legs. He ran through his first mile in 18th place with just under a 5:20 split which would have set him up for a 16 minute race. However, with the cold air and a tender ankle, he simply was not able to maintain that pace over the next 2.1 miles. Tommy completed his junior season in 43rd place with a 17:50.88. This time was his second fastest for the season. We are proud of Tommy in how he carried himself all season and for stepping up to fill the shoes of being one of the top runners for MVXC. We’re also excited that he returns next season as he and Braden will be a strong 1-2 punch for the Wildcats!
Great Job, gentlemen! Good Luck to the Sophomore Duo of Emma and Braden!