Our varsity has had trouble getting consistent performances. We have been hampered with some physical ailments and just have had races from some of our guys that have lacked luster. I think we are all somewhat disappointed in what we have seen in some of our races. We do get some reasonably good races from individuals, but we are missing the performances that sparkle and surprise us in the positive direction. At our Suburban West Conference Meet, our varsity guys gave gutsy efforts, but I think they too are disappointed in the overall results, as individuals and as a team. We were significantly off the times the coaches expected to see on this course. Still, we would have had to run considerably better to move up in the team standings. Although the team position was probably not going to change, it is concerning that we have had few races in which our varsity has had an impressive overall team performance. Brett Davis and David Venkatesan did run lifetime bests, and Brett is up for All-Conference honors which will be decided soon. As we move into the State series we look to get that solid team performance.
Although the varsity performance was less than stellar, the JV boys ran most impressively. While we don’t like conceding a perfect score to Lafayette, they are pretty much a juggernaut. Marquette finished second and they are sneaky. They finished ten points in front of, us and it was really hard to see that during the race. Still, we finished 12th, 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th. Connor Pautz took control of our pack, and those guys raced beautifully. Among our top five in this race there were two personal records by Connor and Bryan Van Genderen. The difference between this and the varsity is the fact that all of these guys raced the previous week at the fast McNair course in considerably cooler temperatures. The times at McNair were nearly all faster than times at Northwest as determined by looking at the times side by side for runners from many teams. A personal record from the Suburban West meet for those who raced at McNair was a markedly superior performance. The pack held together very well, and the impetus to stay in that pack brought those times. Other kids on our team who ran both places and PR’d were Jeffrey Ying, Drew Whiteaker, Colby Ritchie, Devin Malone, and Shawne Auer. Other JV and freshmen runners were very close to best times. It was a great day for those groups.