The 2010 Rebel cross country team started competition about a month ago on Sept. 7 at the Grinnell Invite. With mostly 2A and 3A schools represented here today and this being our first meet we didn't look to be ready for competition quite yet. With times not anywhere near where I was wanting we have lots to work on in practice the next few weeks.
Benton Community was our next race on the 11th, so really not a lot of time yet to improve and still lots of 2A and 3A schools at this meet as well. JV girls finished 6th of 14 teams and varsity girls were 10th. Noah Lanza ran a fantastic race earning himself a 5th place medal on JV with 71 runners competing. Alex Bovy also ran a great race and finished 20th in the varsity race which consisted of 81 runners.
A little more time to work on things in practice as we had an entire week before our next meet, which was at BCLUW on Sept. 19. The day started out with the JV girls running well. Varsity girls are showing that they can run together as a pack quite well wih a time spread of only 30 seconds from #1 runner to the #5 runner. They ended up placing 7th out of 14 today. The two boys ran well again with Alex earning yet another varsity medal.
BGM is next up on our schedule and this course is a true test of character and endurance. With the legendary "cardiac mountain" in the middle of this course it sure presents a challenge for all runners. JV girls were the first to set foot at the start line and everyone ran a great race, those receiving medals for their efforts today were: Hannah Miller-2nd, Claire Reinhard-4th, Tara Walker-5th, Kelli Strohbehn-6th and Kelsey Martin-9th. Other JV runners for the day were Ashley LaBarge and Breanna Schlichtmann. Varsity girls were next to the line and all 6 received a medal. Great job by seniors Lauren Bengen leading the rebels with Sonya Beichley not far behind. Sophomore Emily Snider was 3rd for the Rebels with junior Paige Thompson on her heels. The other two varsity runners ere Shelby Oelschlager and Rachael Cheeseman. Now it was time for Alex and Noah to take their turn. And they did not let me down, they too both received varsity medals in today's competition. And the best thing of the night was that the varsity girls took on the challenge I put before them and did exactly what I expected of them and that was to win this meet. We were able to bring home the championship plaque to put in the trophy case. Congratulations to the girls varsity team.
Everyone continues to work hard in practice and this is showing in their performances at competition time. We have a lot of meets ahead of us and I for one am looking forward to see what these kids can do with their talents.