Webster Groves Invitational Footspeed Notes

Congratulations to Brett Davis on his third place at the Webster Groves Invitational. Brett ran a very smart race. Last year’s defending champion, Kevin Koester, was impressive again in repeating as champion. Brett kept his wits about him as others near the front chased Koester. He bided his time, and as the race progressed, he gradually moved from sixth position to third. The team worked quite hard in practice earlier in the week and there was fatigue in their legs, so we didn’t get great performances on Thursday. That’s OK. We aren’t trying to win the early part of the season, and not every meet can be a goal race for us. Shawne felt the best of the remainder of the varsity and did nice work late in the race. The pack of five held together pretty well for the better part of two miles. We want to stick a little closer a little longer each meet and it is hoped that will bring us greater success as the season moves on.

The JV ran well enough to finish third as a team and we had four runners win medals in the race. David, on the limited training he has been able to do with his knee problem, was our top JV runner. Brian wasn’t far behind and gave his usual solid effort. The JV is running pretty well together and the training ahead should make their improvement sure. Other notable JV efforts were given by Drew Whiteaker and Cameron Wilkes, who both ran significantly faster than they did at the Quad which was run on Castlewood’s much less challenging course. We hope that trend continues.

After a report that the freshmen finished second, we learned that a mistake was made, and they actually won again. This is very exciting for the freshmen, and I think the entire team is thrilled with the performances we are seeing from them. It’s one thing to beat four teams at the Quad. It is entirely different to run with nearly 100 guys and to beat 7 teams. Still, the freshmen have some learning to do. Daniel went out very fast and paid a bit for it, but still ran faster than his time trial 3k by over a minute. Had he run a bit more cautiously in the first mile his eventual finish would have been higher, but you have to love the guts he showed and the risk he took. ALL of the freshmen ran faster than their time trial 3k. That is certainly because they are getting more fit, but it also indicates a tenacity they are developing and a desire to be successful. These guys are coming along really well, and if we can keep them healthy, they should compete well throughout the season. We haven’t had a freshmen group this competitive in quite a while. They are doing it right and it’s fun to watch.

Author: Ted Faulhaber

Head Coach Boys Cross Country