The Wildkats participated in the Wildcat Clas sic at a fast IWU course a nd came away with several personal bests, as we finished 18thout of 23 teams in the gray race with 423 points.
Collin Keesling led our team with as he raced to a PR of 17:46 and a 21stplace finish. This was a 16-second PR off of his time just this last week. So far Collin has set a new PR in three out of the four meets we have had this season and he continues to train well and grow more confidence with each passing week.
Our next PR was senior Wilmer Corrales, who raced his way to a 19:21, which was a 31-second drop from last week. This is Wilmer’s first season running with us and he also continues to have his hard work pay dividends. With continued work and effort he has the makings of being a very strong #3 runner for us when conference and sectional roll around.
Noah Thompson dropped a couple seconds off his PR to now own a 20:36 time. As he continues to improve and with a little more tweaking, I think Noah can have a breakthrough race in the coming weeks.
Our biggest drops were by three first time runners to the program. Kacey Coak ran a 22:35, which was almost three minutes off of his PR, while Nathan Conner dropped a full minute off of his PR as he ran a 22:48. Both of these guys joined the team to get in better shape for wrestling, but they are starting to vie for a shot to be on the varsity conference and sectional roster. Freshman Adam Kemper went from a 26:04 to a 24:40, as he smashed his PR Saturday. Adam is having a good freshman year and I believe he has more time to drop before the end of the season.
Overall I am happy with how the boys raced, but we still have some adjustments to make and work on keeping guys fresh and healthy. We are grateful that we have been able to compete in all scheduled meets and the boys are excited to take their training to the next step in hopes of continuing our improvement.
Next Saturday we make the long drive to New Prairie to race on our semi-state course. It will be one of our toughest courses of the year, so we will be working hard this week to put our best effort forward on Saturday.
– Coach Ousley