Heading into the meet, Coach Swartz had talked to the team about trying to accomplish one goal instead of multiple goals. This was important as this was the last meet before heading into the “Championship” Season. It was another hard week of training for the team but to the delight of the coaching staff, the team found its edge, showed some grit and over half of the team ran personal best times. “I struggle to know where those kinds of performances come from with the training we have been doing, but they showed up and surprised us with great performances and ran tough” said Coach Swartz.
The JV boys were the first on the course and set the tone for the team. All six boys in the race ran personal best times, led by Zach Houge in a time of 21:44. Houge was followed by Jaren Lopez (21:52), AJ Bowlen (22:52), Dylan Papini (24:45), Jacob Ulibearri (24:59), and Logan Butler (26:46).
The Varsity boys were next and kept the team rolling with multiple personal best times. Malachi Blaszkowski placed 57th in a time of 17:37. Following Blaszkowski was Cody Ohlson in 121st place with a time of 18:47. Rounding out the scoring for the boys was Crisitan Buckner (141st, 19:00), Brendon Antill (200th, 19:53), and Salvador Vialpando (210th, 19:57). Also running personal best times for the boys would be Thomas White (20:07), Dylan Vanderveen (20:13), and Sean Oscar (20:34). For the first time all season, the boys team had their scoring five under 20:00 minutes for a 3.1 mile race. The boys team would also finish 21st as a team, out of 37 complete teams. Their best team finish of the season.
The girls team took a page from the boys book and ran their own personal bests. The team was short handed at the meet, with Coach Swartz holding out 4 girls for rest. This didn’t stop the team from placing 31st at the meet. Leading the girls was Mary Mansfield in a personal best time of 23:06. Following Mary was Ashley Basset (208th, 25:01), Melia McSherry with a huge personal best (228th, 25:59) , Alyona Filatova (258th, 28:07), and Ashley Ewing (271st, 30:09).
The team will finally start to bring their training “down” a bit heading into the Championship Season. Next up is the Pat Amato Classic in Northglenn which promises to be a fast meet.