CC boys post mixed results at large Harrison Invite
September 5, 2011By Tim Adams of Kankakee Valley High School
As a team, some posted better times than last year, some slower. But even when comparing two performances on the same course, not all is the same. Temperature, competition, the week's training...all are likely to vary. For instance, this past week brought higher temperatures and tougher training than last year. Will modifications to our training schedule pay off?
So what do I see?
I see that the season is still young. I see that if we are to improve our standing in the NCC title meet and in sectional, the top 7 needs to ALL run better. We need at least 5 runners posting times in the 17s. We need a top 5 average time of sub 17:30.
Last year at sectional, we averaged 17:42 for top 5 compared to RCHS's 17:32 for 1st place. That 17:42 average included Conley's 16:54, Raebel's 17:00, Hazlett's 17:44, Overstreet's 18:24, and Wicker's 18:27. Is there any reason that we can't improve upon those top 5 times by October?
I believe in the "training effect," that is, the jump in performance. Note that we keep tearing you down, preventing that from showing up too early, though nothing says that one experiences only one jump in performance. So, physically I suspect that things will come around for us.
Mentally/emotionally...that's another story. Do you have faith in your teammates...enough to put your best on the line, knowing that the others are doing the same? Do you want to seem them succeed, especially on the back of you running your guts out? Are you contributing to a team atmosphere in which others want ot succeed for you?
Place 2011 time 2010 time 2010 place
60 Travis Conley 17:18.2 10 17:18.7 72nd
This year's top 5 / top 7 average: 18:23.6 / 18:34.8
Last year's top 5 / top 7 average: 18:00.1 / 18:16.6
This year's #5 time = 18:58.3
Last year's #5 time = 18:30.4
Bloomington South 60, Zionsville 83, Franklin Central 84, LaPorte 158, Andrean 181, Avon 229, Portage 248, Warren Central 258, Fishers 268, Lawrence North 291, West Lafayette 300, McCutcheon 302, Lake Central 365, Munster 365, Goshen 381, Highland 398, Wheeler 467, Pike 477, Lafayette Jeff 536, Lafayette Harrison 540, Kankakee Valley 586, Rensselaer Central 616, Kokomo 650, Twin Lakes 668, Fountain Central 772, Benton Central 822.
This meet (and maybe NP) usually produce decent times. Here are the big improvers over last week (noting, of course, that we are comparing apples to rhinoceroses here):
Robert Svitek -1:09 (congrats on breaking 19!)
Stephen Mezzacapo -1:05
Brandon Hazlett -1:01
Bryce Gawronski -0:58 (congrats on breaking 19!)
Trevor Overstreet -0:47