Congratulations to Ryan Bode and Brett Davis on advancing to the Sectional Meet in Washington, MO next Saturday. They put themselves in position early and hung on throughout the race to secure their advancing. They both are in good standing to make it to the State Meet with good performances at Sectional. As far the rest of the team goes, ask and you shall receive. We were looking for the good team race which has been elusive, and we got it. Hands down this was our best varsity race of the season. I impressed upon David the importance of his getting out with JD and Jake. He did, and the three of them held together so well that only fourteen seconds and nine places separated them at the finish. Watching them appear at various check points and still tightly together is what coaches love to see. This was the race we knew was in them, and that it became the last race of the season means they ended on a high note. The team finished 7th with 175 points but was only eight points from 5th. Fourth place was at a distant 109 points, so the competition was very tough. Clearly, we can’t do anything about how other teams perform, so although there is disappointment at not advancing as a team, we were happy with the race our guys made.
The unscored open race is one that might be easy to blow off. And although it’s hard to have the greatest intensity, our guys for the most part raced hard. And in what I believe to be a unique occurrence, at least at Parkway South, the five varsity runners who did not advance, had a good time running again in the open race. I have not done an analysis of times in this race yet, but our guys were finding each other and working together. The rewarding thing here for the coaches is seeing the team aspect of this race. The varsity joining with the JV to go one more time this year was wonderful. It was a good bunch of guys working and having fun racing hard together. Varsity results here: http://www.trxctiming.com/MSHSAA_XC/2016/2016_class_4_district_2_results_xc_boys.htm