There were 50 boxes on the crammed starting line at the Portage Invite, but the Eagles made good use of their limited space. The Lady Eagles didn’t panic in the crowd and gradually worked their way up to sixth place overall! This preview of the state finals featured ten of the top twelve ranked teams.
Leading the way was Lauren Freeland. She moved up from back in the pack to 4th overall, in her PR time of 18:49. Layla Martini had a huge breakthrough race, finishing in 14th place. Her time of 19:33 improved upon her previous best by 35 seconds. The next Eagle medalist was Kenzie Bowers in 45th in 20:34. Abby Ignasiak (21:35) and Elizabeth Sible completed the team’s 227 points. Kristen Toporski and Ryan Kik were varsity scorers too. In the reserve race, Sarah Sizemore earned a medal with her time of 24:58. Amaya Rodenburg and Mallory Ignasiak were not far behind.
In the boys’ race, Fraser Wilson ran a near perfect race, pulling away from the lead pack around the one- mile mark. The senior won his second consecutive race at Portage, this time in 15:38. His nearest competitor was 24 seconds behind him. Fellow medalists Hunter Nelson (17:11) and Casey Carew (17:36) finished in 25th and 44th places respectively. Alex Russo and Nick Flegel were the 4th and 5th Eagles. Ryan Wheeler and Clark Oxford had the next best times in the varsity. Jonathan Willison-Westbrook, Mathew Maloney, and Clay Davis ran in the reserve race.
Not to be outdone, the boys’ team also ended up in 6th place, six points out of 4th.
The Eagles travel to Montabella for the Mustang Invitational next Friday.