Well, that late-season Cross Country weather was bound to catch up to us eventually, right? Despite some miserable temps, our times held steady.
The main focus of this week will be JV since it was their last race of the season. Before that, Varsity shout-outs to Caleb Krueger for hitting another season-best with a 20.06. I would love nothing more than to see this hard worker squeak under the 20 mark at Districts next week because of how much he's pushed himself in his first year of this sport. On the Varsity girls side, shout-outs to Steph Castro (Peanut) for hitting a 23.34, beating her previous best by one second. Katherine Lopez ran a 24.46 for her best time of the season. Raven Kinnetz ran a 24.41 for her personal best.
JV Season Review
Runner First Meet Time Season Best Time
Isaiah Nebbe 22.44 21
Isaiah was right on the bubble, switching between Varsity and JV throughout the season. His positive attitude and hard work have been consistent all season long, and I look forward to his future with such a strong start as a freshman.
Kamren Jergenson 20.36 20.36
Kamren will be the first to tell you that long distance is definitely not his favorite race, but his attitude and team-player mentality have been so crucial this season to contributing to our positive environment.
Logan Robertson 25.26 21.58
Logan is built to run, and I always love the end of the season when he starts to show us what he's really capable of! You will always know Logan as the person who looks the least dead after a race, but he assures his coach that he is trying his hardest (most of the time). :)
Athan Sikyta 34.34 30.47
Athan showed such improvement this year as a runner, dropping significantly in his times in just a few short weeks. His dedication to this sport is something he can take great pride in.
Cristian Tamayo 27.14 26.02
Caleb Jacobsen 27.50 27.50
Injuries took Cristian and Caleb out of their season early. I'm hoping to have them both back healthy and happy next year since they both bring such positivity and encouragement to the rest of the group.
Natalie Kirstein 30.27 26.39
Natalie came to us as a sprinter who prepared me for her "granny jog." She did an excellent job this season of training her body to run the longer distance with a smile on her face every time!
Jackie Lopez 28.47 25.36
Jackie is a runner who is just flat-out fun to watch because she makes it look easy. I am so proud of her for giving Cross Country a chance this year and sticking with it.
Brenna Harklau 30.31 27.37
When Brenna came joined Cross Country last year, I immediately wished she would have quit volleyball earlier so we could have had more time with her. As with all of our seniors, saying goodbye at the end of the season is just too hard. I am so glad you found a home with our team, Brenna. We are better because you joined us and lit up our days with your smile, even on the days when you barfed. :) We will miss you so much.
Jade LaRue 31.11 27.40
Jade's progress throughout the season has been huge. I can always count on her to be motivated to do her best without getting discouraged, even with that pesky little sister hot on her heels.
Cupcake LaRue 32.34 27.49
Cupcake's season ended early due to her concussion, but she had already shown some of the best progress of any runner on the team. Her determination is second to none. She might just catch Jade next year.
Quinn Hansch 32.34 27.17
Quinn is a workhorse and someone who always does her absolute best without a single complaint.
Her times dropped significantly over the course of the season due entirely to effort and positive attitude.
Nicole Lorenzo 37.59 30.09
Nicole was another runner with huge drops in time over the season. One of my favorite things about Nicole is watching the progress she's made since her middle school XC days because she's one of the few "lifers" who never switched from a different sport.
Katie Haberman 36.03 32.03
Katie overcame some beginning of the season bumps to put in her best efforts these last few weeks. While she might brag about not passing out, what she should really be bragging about is that she stuck with such a difficult sport, even when it got tough.
Evelyn Tevalan 34.30 29.41
Emma Schluttenhoffer 36.12 33.06
Shpressa Iafoski 38.29 33.37
Angela Garcia 32.55
These last four girls are JV runners who are some of my favorite type of runners: they come to work hard, but don't always run in meets. It takes a person with a lot of grit and guts to work your tail off at practices, but not participate in competition. You have to be dedicated to put yourself through all that training just to hang out with friends and stay in shape. While I am so happy I was able to convince each of these young women to at least run a few races this season, I'm more proud of them for showing up and being an important part of who we are as a team: a place where everyone can be here to be happy and healthy with a bunch of other awesome people.
Thank you to all of our JV runners and parents for another great season.
Next up: Varsity Districts assignments should be announced tomorrow now that most Conference meets have taken place. I will announce via Remind as soon as I know.