The All-Suburban Cross Country Championships and The Patriot Classic

A lot of faster running happened in the past week. Twenty-seven of our thirty-seven competing athletes ran all-time bests at these two meets. At the All-Suburban Conference Championships Brett Davis had the race of his career. Running smart and fast he finished ninth in a field of 161. He dropped about twenty-seven seconds off his previous best. The guys in front of him were from the powerhouse teams, West, Lafayette, and Kirkwood, teams that should finish high in Jefferson City next month. It was great to see him compete so effectively and to finish so well. At The Classic, Brett took a risk, running the first mile in 4:58. He paid for that but still ran a best time of 16:26. As we head into the State series, this should give him a good deal confidence, confidence borne of demonstrated ability. David continues to move past his knee issues and is running faster each time out. Justin Klopfer hasn’t done much, other than run personal bests each of the past four races.  It has been great watching his improvement over the past year. John has also been steady. There has been a positive progression this season, and at the Classic, he broke the eighteen-minute barrier for the first time. Luke will enter the District meet as our second man. He has been dedicated to finding a way, and at The Classic he broke into the seventeens again for the first time in a year. Jake has been an enigma this season, but on Wednesday he put the puzzle together and showed us he still is in the game. Watching his success after the struggles he’s had this season was a refreshing gust of cool wind.

The cool weather Wednesday was what we’ve been waiting for. Having that and the speed-friendly Castlewood course, we expected a good day. Twenty-five of our twenty-seven PRs came from The Classic. Before Wednesday, though, there were some real fireworks at The All-Suburban XC Championships. We knew our freshmen were good. Luke Diehl has become an junkie. He’s been tracking our team against other freshmen teams in the state. Our freshmen took four of the top ten spots at this meet among 147 runners. The great misfortune of Noah being sent the wrong way by a garbled volunteer, which cost him at least :30 seconds and an unknown number of places, couldn’t keep the boys from bringing home the Championship over fourteen scoring teams. Bravo boys! During my first year as the freshmen coach in 1994, I had a good team too, an undefeated team. Still, they never went on the line against all of suburbia like these guys did. This is a great bunch. We’re quite lucky to have them. They work hard. They race hard. They are smart and fun. And Luke has informed us they are now the number four freshmen team in the state. Finally, congratulations to Daniel Tabaka, who raced himself into the top seven. He will compete with the varsity at District.

Except for the varsity, the official season is over. We will run all non-varsity in the open race at the district meet, but no scores will be kept. We will take times and include them in our team statistics. We are glad the team finished the official season so well at our home meet. Good job boys.

Author: Ted Faulhaber

Head Coach Boys Cross Country