Completing our trifecta of three meets in 24 hours, Friday's Big River Invitational provided a perfect transition into the opportunity for fast season-ending performances looming on the horizon. Running around flat and wide-open fields at Buder Park, many athletes found themselves with new PRs at the end of the day.
In the varsity division, after a prolonged chunk of training without a race, this was a good opportunity for us to get our racing legs back before the postseason. Grant Brawley finished as our top finisher in 2nd, with Daniel Hogan only a second behind in 3rd. Ryan Kramer (7th) & Baker Pashea (8th) were our other medalists. Hayden Zenor closed out our team score in 11th place, earning us the team championship over a good Parkway South team that we will see again at District. However, even more impressively was a very tight 25-second scoring spread (the time between our first & last scoring runners). Keeping this spread as small as possible is a key to success in the large and competitive meets that await us.
In the JV division, we finished third behind what was actually Fort Zumwalt East's varsity team and narrowly behind a top JV team from Parkway South. Nathan Wojtkowski won his wave, only to later find out that a runner from Zumwalt East beat his time from another wave. Flynn O'Connell was our other JV medalist in 9th place.
In total, 26 runners set PRs at the Big River Invitational, and you can view all of those on the team split sheet. In terms of returning runners, the biggest PR of the day came from junior Sean Kellogg. Sean has battled through a lot of injury setbacks over the past 18 months of his time in the program, and this was a very nice moment for him.