It seems that the Algona meet always battles fall season storms because we haven't run there since 2015. It's a nice course that was just what we needed to get back on track for the last half of the season. Even better: we return to Algona in two weeks since they are hosting NCC this year.
Major awesomeness: every single boy ran his best time of the season last night (we don't count the Belmond anomaly, remember?). Alex Rosenbaum (18.20), Hayden Klaver (18.22), and Luke Rapp (18.36) led the way. These are not only season-best times, but they are career-best times for these three senior boys. Ben Rapp was hot on their heels with a 19.11 for his best time ever. Max Powers is definitely recovering smoothly from injury and back on track at 19.20. Kaeden Langfitt ran a 19.15 in the JV race which will put him on the Varsity roster for Thursday. Kamren Jergenson made his XC debut with a 20.36, which will put him in the Varsity race on Thursday.
Caleb Krueger (20.47) and Isaiah Nebbe (21.00) both ran their best times of the season. Even though the numbers put them on JV for the next race, they have been two of the most consistently hardworking runners all season long. Shout out to Logan Robertson for putting in his best effort last night and running a career-best 21.58. Cristian Tamayo ran a 26.02, but will be out for a week due to lingering injury.
With so many boys in such a close time cluster, our Varsity/JV distinctions could continue to shift throughout the next few meets. By the time we get to NCC and Districts, I'll make the final Varsity squad based on time and consistency. Reliability is a huge factor as the end of the season draws near.
For Varsity girls, Stephanie Castro (Peanut) (23.35), Raven Kinnetz (24.53), Maya Jackson (25.50), and Kayleen Johnson (26.57) all ran season-best times. Every single JV girl ran a season-best time last night: Natalie Kirstein (27.25), Jackie Lopez (27.25), Quinn Hansch (28.59), Jade LaRue (29.06), Brenna Harklau (29.11), Nicole Lorenzo (34.19), Katie Haberman (34.23). Special shout-out to Cupcake LaRue for running a 29.14 for a career-best; there is nothing like the motivation of a younger sister gunning for her big sis! :)
The Hampton-Dumont course at Mayne's Grove is my favorite race of the season. It will be fast and fun, and I'm curious to see if we can make gains with such a short turnaround. Cross Country is usually designed to have at least 2-3 days of rest between meets, so running races Tuesday-Thursday of the same week could be interesting.