After the SE Valley Invitational, the Webster City meet is always a reality check for the competition we face during the regular season. The fact is, we compete against some hardcore schools with distance-running history: Humboldt, Algona, and Eagle Grove, for example. It's difficult to go from a meet where we are evenly matched with other teams in size and ability, to being thrown into a meet like Webster. It's also a good thing.
The times don't lie, and while many of our athletes ran their best times last night, our goals need to be realistic. For those curious, the time a Varsity boy would need to run to "win" a meet would be in the 16-17-minute range (most of our Varsity boys roster are in the 19-20 range). Girls Varsity winners tend to be in the 20-21-minute range (although Humboldt had one of the best runners in the state come in at a 19:39 last night). Perspective is important in a sport centered around time.
Our Varsity boys slipped a bit on times last night. This is typical since Webster has more rolling hills than Gowrie. Coming in at the top of our line-up was senior Alex Rosenbaum with 19.01, taking 30 seconds off his time from last week. Alex turned 18 yesterday, so we were thrilled to see him rack up one of his best times ever on his special day. Luke Rapp also showed a major improvement by dropping down to a 19.28. The rest of our Varsity boys stayed consistent with time from last week.
Our girls had a major shakeup last night, with some of our JV runners posting times that will earn them Varsity spots next week. Stephanie Castro (CAL) made her season debut with a 24.49. Angela Castro dropped a minute from her time to come in at 24.51, her career PR (personal record). Katherine Lopez dropped almost a minute from last week to reach 25.17. Raven Kinnetz made her season debut with a 27.02, which earned her the 4th spot on our roster. Courtney Harle and Maya Jackson both dropped by over a minute. Kylie Klaver grabbed the last spot with a consistent 27.28.
Kayleen Johnson, Brenna Harklau, Natalie Kirstein, Jade LaRue, Cupcake LaRue, and Katie Haberman all showed improvement over last week. No one had a significant drop, which is a relief since this course can have that affect on us.
For JV boys, both Isaiah Nebbe and Logan Robertson dropped their times. Caleb Jacobsen held steady.
Special shout out to all of our fans! I think we had the biggest crowd of parents, friends, and CGD staff that we've ever had at a meet. I hope some of you fell in love with the positive energy that our sport provides for its spectators and participants. There's a reason we're crazy enough to run long distance, and it's because we have the most positive atmosphere I've ever witnessed in a competitive sport. Extra thanks to Coach Warnke for letting us use the Boys' Track tent; now we can camp in style!
We run at Belmond next Tuesday and we would love to see you there!