Updated: May 12, 2019
*this post has been edited to reflect results from the Greeno meet.
May is racing season and we are ready to roll!
The Howard Wood Relays were once again kind to the D-Crew as numerous personal and season bests were nabbed last Friday night and Saturday.
Due to a couple of 30 minute lightening delays, the 3200 meters was contested under the lights and way past my bedtime (around 10 PM). Hailey Uhre ran the #2 time ever at Stevens HS finishing in 11:11.43. Bryanna Kuhn ran a~35 second season best (11:39.68) which is #7 in Class AA at this point. All of the boys set personal bests, led by Luke Meyer's 10:09.33. Lucas Steiger (10:23.93) and Hayden Grosz (10:38.31) also pulled PR's on the night.
Over at O'Gorman, Ben Jones and Jaden Matkins both helped their Medley Relays to heat wins. The boys were 2nd overall and the girls 3rd. The 800m runners didn't get a chance to race, as they called the meet due to lightening just before the event was to begin.
Saturday was another good day, as Luke Meyer set another PR, this time in the 1600m (4:41.50). Liam Vidas ran a solid (4:44.05) despite dealing with some injury pain and Ethan Schuelke ran a season-best 4:49.64. Hailey Uhre came off a big night to run a solid 5:26.01 and Bryanna Kuhn ran a season-best 5:26.56.
Jaden Matkins dropped down to run the 400m leg of the Girl's 1600m Sprint Medley and Elise Unkenholz ran a strong sub 2:30 anchor. Ben Jones came back with another solid effort with the boy's squad.
Unfortunately, the Rapid City Qualifier was cancelled this week, so most of the squad has to wait another week to race. I have to give a HUGE shout-out to all of the kids on the squad that haven't had many opportunities to compete, yet have shown up every day to train and get better...and have done so with a very positive attitude.
*Greeno Meet: Last real chance to run a fast 1600/3200 of the season, so this was an important meet for those trying to make it into the Top 24 for the state.
We had most of the group do a 1600/800 double which proved to be tough due to the short turnaround.
Luke Meyer won the 1600m and chopped 7 seconds off his PR, running 4:34.84 and Liam Vidas (4:41.59) and Ethan Schuelke (4:45.06) also improved on their seed marks by a couple of seconds. The girls were 3-4-5 in the 1600m with Hailey Uhre (5:25.43), Bryanna Kuhn (5:30.27) and Elise Unkenholz, who had a 6 second PR in the 1600m (5:34.82).
Ethan came back to anchor the medley for a close 2nd, as did Jaden for the girls. Luke and the three girls from the 1600m all came back for the 800m with Luke and Elise coming back with PR's (2:09.24 & 2:28.86). Hailey was 2:28, Bryanna 2:30 and Kasey Van Zee came up from the sprint group and ran a nice 2:32.
Lucas Steiger had one of his best 3200m placings for his career, coming in 3rd and a couple of tenths off of his PR; Hayden Grosz moved up the qualifier list with an 8 second PR (10:30.61) to finish 6th.
The Last Chance Meet on Tuesday will be a great chance for all of you to showcase your fitness. The schedule and meet entries can be found HERE. I am excited to see all of you compete.
Lastly, next Thursday (5/16) after school, we will hold a meeting in the gym for any high school students interested in Cross Country next fall. We will talk about summer training, etc.