The whole Portage Invitational is an experience in and of itself. We lined up with nearly fifty teams, so there were over 300 athletes in each race. Finding a place to put one foot in front of the other was a challenge throughout the whole race. The girls did a nice job of finding moments to make a pass, or to get around one group and attack the next. It was a race that required a great deal of concentration for sure. By and large, the weather was nice with sunny skies and temperatures hovering around 60 degrees. The only challenge with the weather was the wind, which wasnât too bad, but the jv girls seemed to have the windiest race on the day.
As usual, Iâm proud of the efforts of every one of these girls. They donât back down, and the give everything theyâve got on the day. I think a lot of them provided a window for themselves, of what they are capable of doing. Our next challenge is the OK Gold Conference meet, and I expect more great efforts from these hard working ladies.
In the varsity race…
Freshman, Audrey Meyering (20:22) crossed the line first for our team with a personal record, and is really showing great front running fortitude.
Junior, Alli Matison (20:29), ran a steady race and really fought her way through the mass of humanity to run second for us today, as well as earning her season best time.
Senior, Rachael Gorton (20:45) also ran her season best time and had another solid race for us.
Freshman, Elizabeth Meyering (21:00) ran a personal record, nearly going under 21-minutes, and setting a new standard for herself lat in the season.
Junior, Lauren Lutz (21:15) ran another great race, and took on the responsibility of setting the tone for the race, and though she faded a bit in the second half of the race, she still ran with a lot of heart.
Sophomore, Shylin Robirds (21:23) pushed herself to a personal record today and showed a lot of determination.
Sophomore, Bree Bonnema (22:37) was not quite feeling like herself heading into the race, and although she faced physical calamity, she was mentally strong and crossed the line with all she had to offer on the day.
In the jv raceâ¦
Sophomore, Stephanie Pitsch (23:36) led the way, ran herself a race, and earned a personal record.
Freshman, Gracie DeWent (23:20) ran really strong today and really powered through to get her personal record.
Senior, Allexus Barnes (23:20) provided a gutsy performance after having been away for awhile and still nearly matched her personal best time.
Representing Spain, Gema Martinez (23:40) rebounded from a hip ailment, which troubled her earlier in the week, to earn a personal record.
Junior, Maddie Robirds (23:42) looked solid all day long and brought home a personal record.
Junior, Tess Schiedel (24:35) toughed it through sore calves and showed excellent perseverance to earn a personal best time.
Senior, Maddie Hannapel (24:43) who has been battling injury all season was out in full force and cranked out a season best time.
Junior, Syd Coffman (25:38) continues to get stronger and ran her way to a season best.
Senior, Alex Craven (25:43) put together a great effort and earned her season best.
Junior, Katie Miller (26:00), battled through a cold, and as a result, additional fatigue to still bring home a respectable performance.
Freshman, Kristina Cuison (26:52) worked really hard and produced a solid effort on the day.
Freshman, Kate Vandermolen (27:04) ran through her ankle pain to earn a personal record by over four minutes!
Freshman, Amber Macomber (29:48) battled through some tough patches and didnât have the kind of race sheâs used to having, but gave a great effort.