- Boys Cross Country
Tiffin Carnival update
Varsity-A: 8th out of 32 teams
Varsity-B: 11th out of 35 teams
Open: 5th out of 32 teams
Overall pretty strong performance for our team considering the circumstances. The Tiffin Cross Country Carnival, far and away, provided the most competitive field in the state last weekend. On the varsity level we defeated every team in our conference that competed. This is a great indicator for us in terms of what we are capable of next month at the conference championship. That said, we knew in July, the Greater Cleveland Conference Championship, would be ours lose in 2018. Every other team in our conference also noticed that we beat them on Saturday and they will be coming for us. Shaker Heights and Mentor are both racing at Boardman this weekend. Celebrate our victory, but stay humble and continue to hustle.
So far this season, we have beaten every team we should have beaten. We've also lost to every team ranked ahead of us. In order to grow into an elite program we have to defeat elite teams. Kings finished seventh overall in the Varsity-A race, they also placed at last year's state meet and have been ranked in the state coaches poll every week this season. We were seven points behind them on Saturday. Knocking on the door. We just need to find our way in.
- Season bests (9): Boland (20:09.4), Brodsky (22:09.0), Calhoun (20:10.4 *5K debut!), Gembarski (19:11.3 - STREAK 2!), German (19:32.4), Hansen (20:45.5), Huang (21:46.0), Shafron (17:45.3), and Titlebaum (25:30.6)
- Personal records (13) : Baker (17:28.5), Bernhard (18:48.3), Close (16:52.6), DiVincenzo (20:58.0), Goldfeder (18:40.0 - STREAK 4!), Knox (21:06.2), Kosana (21:03.7) Sahoo (19:19.1), Stafford (20:33.4), Witaker (23:37.6), Young (17:08.3), A. Yousef (19:23.3 - STREAK 4!), and Zhang (19:11.3)
- SHOUTOUT to the freshmen class. All the way around, you guys are doing a fabulous job! Five of our thirteen personal records came from freshmen last weekend. Three of you run under 19:00 minutes, zeroing in on that varsity letter mark! Ryan Goldfeder and Adam Yousef have each run four personal records in a row. That type of consistent growth is impressive. Thank you for bringing such great energy to our program.
- Comet of the Week: Nathan Close (16:52.6) - For the first time in his career Nate led the Comets to the finish line of a cross country race. Nate touched winning at the high school level during indoor track last winter when he won the 3200m at SPIRE in a stacked, competitive field. Nate brought the same type of fire and competitive energy to Saturday's race at Tiffin. From the starting gun, Nate took the race out fast, following our team strategy to a T. Tiffin presented the largest, fastest, most competitive cross country field in Ohio last weekend. Nate embraced the opportunity of the moment and leaned in to the pressure cruising to a first place finish for the Comets and his first sub 17:00 minute performance. Way to go Nate! Keep it up.