HF Boys Cross Country

October 13, 2016

It's not a real cross country season unless you get to do four things:

1) run a race in the rain, 2) run a race in the brutal sun, and 3) run a race through the mud, and 4) run a race while you're freezing your butt off. As of Saturday's meet, we have now done 3 of the 4. Who doesn't love to run through a muddy, sloppy course? There is something primal about running through the mud. Despite lifelong conditioning that teaches us to avoid the mud, when we are set free to run through the slop, there is something exhilarating, yet cathartic in the act....like outrunning a pack of angry clowns. (ok - I promise that was my last clown reference.)


Our varsity team, led by Stewart, Elijah, and Brad, scored well enough to place 6th among 17 teams. The times were all on the slow side, compared to what we are capable of, but I think we can safely say this speaks to the course conditions. Jazz and Joe finished within a second of each other, as did Byron and Wyatt. That said, if we compare where were were several weeks ago, we are definitely progressing. Consider Wyatt who ran a 19:39 at Reavis on 9-10, On 10-8 - a month later - he ran an 18:30 on a course that was equally flat but comparatively sloppy! That's progress. Byron provides another good example. At Reavis, he ran an 18:55. With a month of intensive training, he shaved a half minute off that time, while running in worse conditions.


In the fresh-soph race, we finished 8th out of 16, but that was with Jazz and Wyatt pulled up to varsity. The fresh-soph were led by Judah and Matt who ran well despite the terrible conditions. Our third place runner, Justin, could have looked up during the sprint to the finish to see Matt up ahead. I might say, Justin has really improved this year. He ran a 22:23 at the Hinsdale meet on 9-3. Five weeks later, he is running 19:47 on a sloppy course! That's great progress. EJ ran a 20:29 to finish strong. He's really developing his stride. Isaiah is running with more stamina than he's displayed all year, he's running strong. And Joe R. is getting stronger with each race. He needs to join us next year at the beginning of the season, he'll perform much better.


In the open race, Andrew and Ben performed at a level I expected. Ben has just returned from injury so we haven't expected super-fast times. Eventually, I'm hoping to see him move as quick on the grass, as he does when he's driving the lane on the court. (surprising basketball moves that guy!) And Andrew - who has showed more heart than Andrew? He may not be the fastest guy out there, but he gives everything he has. You have to admire that.

The next meet is the SWSC meet at Lockport

Saturday, Oct. 15th, 9am

Dellwood Park, Lockport

7:00 am Bus leaves HF

9:30 am Freshman-Sophomore boys race

10:30 am Varsity boys race

11:00 am Open race boys and girls

1:00 pm probably return time to HF

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Photos courtesy of Mrs. Coen - http://www.dawncoenphotography.com/

By the way, these photos display in much higher quality on Mrs. Coen's website. Something gets lost when I publish them in this newsletter, but her original work is amazing.
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