On Tuesday, August 30th, the CGD Cross Country teams competed at the Lynx Invitational in Webster City. The late August heat was still a factor for many runners, but many runners saw great improvement over the season debut from the previous week.
On the boys side, Luke Rapp (CAL) came in strong with a 19:44. This was a 30-second improvement over his time from last week, and only six seconds shy of his best time from last season. Max Powers came in strong at 19:52, which was also a 30-second improvement over last week. Alex Rosenbaum was right on his heels with a 19:55, another 30-second improvement. These three boys have been pushing each other in practice and you can see the results of that work in their early season progress. Hayden Klaver posted a 21:08, slightly off from his debut. Huge progress came from all three of our less-seasoned runners. Dakota Hennigar hit a 23:39 (down from a 25:25); Cristian Tamayo came in at 24:27 (previously 25:03); and Logan Robertson made his career personal record with a 25:21 (last week: 27:17; previous PR: 25:36). As the 5k distance becomes more familiar to each of these runners, I look forward to seeing what they will accomplish!
On the Varsity girls team, Angela Castro came in at 26:35 (30-second improvement). Sid Magee was right behind her with a 26:38 for her season debut. Notable improvements on Varsity came from Maya Jackson with a 28:02 (down from 29:49), Katherine Lopez with a 29:37 (down from 30:52), and Kylie Klaver with a 30:30 (down from 30:56). Brenna Harklau and Kayleen Johnson had an off night with some sickness during the race affecting their times.
On the JV girls side, we saw major improvements. Myriam Carrillo came in at 31:03 (down from 31:44), Jade LaRue posted a 32:02 (down from 33:55), Ami Martinez made her season debut with a 32:05, and Maya LaRue had a stunning 4-minute improvement over last week with a 34:10.
Overall, the runners are showing improvement much earlier in the season than we did last year. With rain in the forecast, I'm hoping we can keep our strength and endurance up even if weather isn't cooperating.