XC Milford Invitational 9/17

Posted on: October 3, 2022
Cross Country
On September 17th the Cross Country teams continued their season with strong showings at the Milford Invitational.  The closest meet in proximity to Turpin High School this season, our runners treated in like a home meet with both the boys and girls teams placing 2nd in their divisions.  26 of our 48 racers had their season best times!
On the boys side, Junior Lucas Towne absolutely scorched the course with the 6th fastest time ever run at Turpin, going sub 16:00 minutes and finishing 2nd in the event at 15:59.  Senior Noah Yamaguchi clocked a 16:39 to finish 10th and junior Leo Mink hit 17:17 to come in at 25th.  Other Spartan scorers were Cole Weaver in 33rd place at 17:28, Josh Yamaguchi in 36th at 17:32, Garrett Anderson at 51st with a 17:53 and Ashton Rubrecht in 54th at 17:53.
For the ladies, freshman Bridget McKee hammered the course in 19:52 to finish 4th overall.  Reilyn Brennan came in 7th with a time of 20:16 with Elena Horn nipping on her heels in 9th place with a time of 20:28.  Other Spartan scorers to note included Kaitlyn Lundrigan with a time of 21:20, Olivia Owens with 22:10, Cameron Burnett with 22:54 and Sydney Mack with 23:29.
In the Open races the Spartans put three boys in the top 25 with Dean Keller leading the way (14th, 19:07) followed by Alec Carter (21st, 19:21) and Carter Wojcik (24th 19:24).  Two girls runners joined the top 25 ranks, Halcy Russell (7th, 23:41) and Ani Free (22nd, 24:14).
Our Spartans are next in action on September 24th at the Princeton Invitational.
Runners of the Week from the coaching staff:
Lucas Towne - Lucas' 15:59 is tied for the 6th fastest time ever run at Turpin.  He has PRd in his last three races, going from 17:03 PR at the end of last year to 15:59 is one of the fastest drops I've ever seen.  Fun fact, the person Lucas is tied with also ran his 15:59 as a Junior on the same week of the season.  
Kaitlyn Lundrigan - Kaitlyn ran a PR time of 21:20 improving on her previous PR by 8 seconds.  I think the most important thing to take away from this performance is how persistent Kaitlyn has been.  Her previous PR was from from her Freshman year, and I know how frustrating that has been for Kaitlyn as she continued to work hard for two years.  Success isn't always linear, but if you keep working hard good things happen!