Boys All Levels Cross Country
Cross country is the rare sport where all the suburban schools compete at the same time - no opportunity for slacking and the races would all be large in size and competitiveness. They changed the medaling and trophies significantly, with the overall trophies going to individual 'pools', while the medals went to the overall places. Despite the confusing format in measuring success, we had a TON of success and a TON of celebrations!! The guys competed on an unusually cold day (33 degrees when we arrived!) and definitely 'heated up' the course! :)
Varsity lined up first in what shaped up to be a super-competitive race - we knew we'd have to get out hard in order to be competitive. We were without Ray and Andrew was dealing with an injury (which he gutted out by telling me "NO!" when I told him to step off the course - I appreciate that kind of mental toughness! ;) Jack Parker stepped up big as our #4 runner today when he and Patrick responded nicely to me telling them they were needed as the 'next men up'! Charlie led out with Evan and Brett and all three raced hard - Charlie fought off the front pack to finish in 2nd (only 2 seconds back), Brett was a fierce competitor hanging on the second pack, and Evan S really reengaged in the back half of the race, finished strong, and DIDN'T Look Back! :) Corvin continues to be a consistent anchor to our varsity as only a sophomore - can't say enough about his impact this season! Fantastic job working as a TEAM and finishing 3rd place overall amongst 32 other schools (we were 2nd in the Red Pool). We had 3 medalists - Charlie 2nd, Brett 15th, and Evan S 18th.
JV Gold included the next 8 guys (I did move Carson up - many teams run full 9 guys in this level). This division was one that I really wanted to win as a 'Red Pool' team to gain some confidence in our depth moving forward - many of these young guys are competing to be alternates on the district squad. Alex V, Emerson, and Nick Y charged off the line and brought the guys with him in what shaped up to be another super-competitive race again Kirkwood. Emerson fearlessly took the lead and pushed the pace, truly running great and helping motivate his teammates - he continues to get stronger mentally every race! The top 5 guys all finished under 18:30 and demonstrated our strong depth and competitiveness. Eddie, Ryan S and John O fought hard as well amongst the middle and all had great back half races, especially with Matthew still trying to come back from injury (he gutted out a strong race, but we are moving toward realization that he may need to fully rehab and more or less shut down racing this year). We ended up finishing 3rd overall as 1st in our 'Red Pool' Conference!! We had 5 medalists - Alex 18th, Nick Y 21st, Emerson 22nd, Eddie 24th, and Ryan S 28th! Alex secured a new LIFETIME PR in 18:09!
JV Silver lined up as the sun started to warm up the course to the perfect race temperatures in the 50s - these guys took full advantage, led by Ethan "Bethan" Stutte - who showed us what strong, confident running from the very beginning can look like (which included a medal and a new sub-19 PR!). Ben W was looking for a medal (he said it was 'contigent' part of if he ran track haha) and tucked in nicely behind alongside Ryan "Ryduke" Luetkemeyer. These three guys led our team with no fear. The rest of the team followed suit, with Simon feeling strong again in the middle of the pack and helping bring Evan W up to round out the top 5 and secure a 'Red Pool' Championship! (we were 4th overall). The rest of JV Silver was peaking this week and absolutely crushed the course, with many guys securing new lifetime PRs. It is especially exciting to see our younger guys getting after it and putting it all together when it matters at the end of the season - Ryan "Bollins" Collins joined the sub-20 crew, Matt Putnam showed us again why he loved McNair Park, and Chris once again PRed by over 45 seconds! HUGE day!! Our medalists were Ethan 13th, Ryan L 28th, and Ben W 29th! We had 8, yes 8, brand new LIFETIME PRs - Ethan, Ryan C, Dylan, Nick P, Chris, Jack Cl, Connor, and Matt P!
The freshmen were more than ready to get on the course they'd heard so much about and already seen so much success! I was super excited for these young guys to put all their first year of heard work to the test - they charged out there with a beautiful tenacity, led by Logan and Cadin (who led the entire race for the first mile!). They learned a great freshman lesson about being more of a striker and waiting to make moves, but I cannot say enough how excited I am about these young guys show no fear when they race! Cadin was able fight the pack and join the sub-19 club! Rounding out the top 5, Brennan got after his goal of breaking 20 minutes and went ahead and did that by nearly 40 seconds (he truly is becoming a fierce competitor). James T is the other member of the freshmen that joined the sub-20 club, racing a fantatic back half-attack kind of race. Logan held on and showed up all just how tough he is (how great is it that a 'subpar' race for one of our top freshman is 20:12!? I am crazy excited about our future!). The rest of the freshman all peak as well, and ran in pairs (which is so great!) and nearly all of them got new PRs. The freshmen took 6th overall (3rd in the 'Red Pool') with 2 medalists - Cadin 11th and Brennan 25th! The 9, yes 9, brand new LIFETIME PRs are Cadin, Brennan, James T, Dan H, Max O, Rohan, Marcus, Matthew S, and Jack Cal!!
The weather finally broke (no more HOT-Tober :) and we were excited to get a chance to rebound and race the way we got away from last week - with heart, pack running, and a lack of fear. We were split into 4 divisions today, so the team was spread out more than normal, but it provided us a great opportunity to see where our depth was - and we did not falter - we were able to place high in all 4 levels and secure 14 medals overall! See below for the race celebrations:
Varsity lined up first in the early, cloudy and cool morning and knew this was a great opportunity to race Parkway West (who had beaten us before) and see SLUH for the first time (a strong team in our district). We went with the usual top 6 guys, but moved Patrick up after a strong race at Gans Creek. The guys were very relaxed and knew their main and only real goal was to 'get out hard' and then race. The guys showed no fear off the line as Evan S charged ahead, bringing the rest of the team with him. With a tight course with a lot of turns and narrow stretches we knew we needed this -the race unfolded with the usual packs until Andrew got tripped and ended up in a pile up at about 1200 in - but he worked extremely hard to get back in (and did - thanks large in part to Corvin running a strong middle of the race and Ray running a great later part of the race). The guys all charged up the final, long hill and gutted out a 3rd place finish in a loaded field, beating out Parkway West by 3 points (the team we will need to beat next week at Conference). We had all 7 guys in the top 1/3 of the race and secured 3 medals - Charlie 6th, Brett 10th, and Evan S 17th.
Sophomore division was one that we were specifically targeting a division win, even though two sophomores ran up on varsity. We were also excited to have Matthew C back from injury and see where he would run as well. Again, the sole goal for these guys was to 'get out' and then race together. Alex and Ryan S drove off the line and really brought the entire team with them. Emerson took the early lead and set the bar against SLUH (who we were needing to beat). Carson pushed hard in the middle, bringing a resurgent Matthew C with him, as well as John O driving in a great back have race effort. The middle pack, led by a strong duo of Ethan and Ryan C helped pull the rest of the sophomores to strong finishes and motivation heading into Conference next week. A great TEAM effort led by great PACK running! Unfortunately, we lost to SLUH by 1 point to take second as a team, but we were extremely happy with our racing and secured 6 medalists - Carson 2nd, Emerson 5th, Matthew C 10th, Ryan S 13th, Alex V 14th, and John O 19th! We also had LIFETIME PRs for Ryan C, Jack Cla, Jackson T, Tomas T, and Jonah D!
It definitely started to warm up as the freshmen prepared to race, but they were excited to race together one final time before Conference and get a chance at building confidence going into the final stretch. Logan was fire off the line and drove the freshmen squad up the first hill and the guys certainly raced hard, ran together, and gained some serious mental strength. The guys all listened as I gave them mid-race feedback (and our older guys chanted from them on the dusty backstretches of the course) and they all moved up and stayed in attack mode for the entire race. The final hill was a great opportunity to see the amount of guts these young boys possess - and we ended up in 5th place with 1 medalist - Logan 24th, and 10, yes 10, NEW PRs - Brennan, James T, Rohan, Max O, Dan H, Sam B, Marcus, Matthew S, Jack Cal, and Jacoby!
The JV guys were the last group to race - and after waiting several hours and seeing several races, it can sometimes be a bit mentally exhausting. However, these guys rose to the challenge and got mentally engaged right from the start of the race. Jack P, ready to get himself back on varsity, took to the front of the race from the very beginning and never looked back. He was passed for a brief part toward the finish, but he put that 800m speed to work and charged up the final hill to take the individual champion spot! Great job Jack P! The rest of the JV squad followed suit with racing hard in packs, highlighted by several guys really stepping up and showing how to attack and race the entire 3.1 miles. Every single guy ran faster than last year at Parkway West - that is no small accomplishment! We had 4 medalists - Jack P 1st, Nick Y 15th, Eddie 17th, and Stiles 21st! We also had 2 LIFETIME PRs - Connor and Chris (who got one by running nearly 2 minutes faster!!!).
This was an absolute amazing opportunity for us. This was the first running on the brand new state championship course and it did not disappoint! The course was beautiful and extremely well designed and the atmosphere was fantastic. There were nearly 30 teams in every race (twice as many as will be when the real state race happens!). As an old coach once told me (that I truly believe) - "Every race is an opportunity to learn something about what you need to work on." This was certainly the case - we had some strong performances, some learning experiences, and I as a coach was reminded of a lesson as well.
We really wanted to test ourselves against many of the other good teams in the state - we truly wanted this to be a state preview for us. We set the goal of having specific places we wanted to shoot for so we could end up being one of the top teams. The race had a wide open, 500m straightaway and Charlie, Brett, and Evan surged to the front beautifully. Andrew and Corvin were right around the 80s (a bit back from where I wanted them, but okay). I was excited that we were in good position right out of the gate. As we rounded the curve at the 1000m mark I could tell some guys were falling off. We had a phenomenal workout Monday (wouldn't be in our muscles just yet, but psychologically) and I had hoped that would make them feel strong to surge back toward the 2000m mark. Brett, Andrew, and Corvin fought hard amongst a loaded, upper classmen field and ended up close to where we set - but more work to be done to fight in the middle of the race. A big ups to Jack for collapsing over and throwing up, but getting back up and finishing the race - pure toughness! The rest of the guys were mentally thrown off and were unable to bounce back. I met the team after the race and told them we have to stop making excuses. It's time to put up and be I know we can be - a top 5 team. We finished 11th as a team with no one in the medals.
The JV guys got a much different speech (see below* for more) and I reminded them to focus on each other, the joy of racing, and getting to be part of the first WGXC runners to run on the brand new state course. I told them to get into position and then just fight - fight for yourself and your teammates (I told them to remember WHY we run). These three young men took that to heart and had fantastic races. All three got out into good position - Patrick and Nick continually moved up and Carson fought hard in his first race back in 2 weeks. Patrick ended up medaling in 17th place and told me after the race how much he engaged his mind during the race. A great lesson in racing and something he can share with his teammates for success. Nick got under 19 minutes but gutting out the last stretch. I am so proud of these guys racing hard and learning a lot about themselves.
*It wasn't until our drive home and some debriefing with the guys that I too was reminded of an important lesson. We have to love what we do as much as we want to be great - we can't so focused on what we want to achieve that we lose sight of the fact that we GET to run, we GET to race, and we GET to be teammates. We had a fantastic time being ourselves again during the awards (hence the 'knucks' picture), eating and laughing at Panda express, and goofing and telling stories on the drive back home. I think it's important to remember that we all can learn from our experiences and remember - tomorrow is a day to GET BETTER! :)
This week our mileage was back up after the 'bounce' week and we had some monster workouts early in the week (many did 1600 repeats). The young guys were without the Varsity runners this week at the race, but they showed no fear as they had a fantastic afternoon at Koch Park.T he heat did return this weekend, however the boys raced hard and fought off a strong Kirkwood JV team to take down the Championship at Hazelwood West!
As the only race of the day for Webster, these boys were certainly nervous and excited to race hard and represent WGXC well in a fairly large meet. After arriving late due to the bus, we quickly assigned bib numbers and shoe tags and began to warm up. These guys did not let the stress of the late bus or the return of upper 80s temperatures deter them from our goal of winning the meet. With over 250 runners in the race it was going to be essential that we get out right off the line. Alex Vance led the team with no fear, striding out perfectly and recognizing where he needed to be. The rest of the team settled in nicely on the first hill behind and drove up - I never saw a Webster runner get passed on an uphill! Guys continued to pack up and found themselves in a dog fight with Kirkwood (who also had over 50 runners in race). Stiles moved up and pushed Alex and John O to 2nd and 3rd place while only falling back slightly to 6th himself. Ryan S continues to learn how to race in his first season and pulled Eddie down the final serpentine to round out our point scores in 9th and 11th. I saw pure guts from top to bottom - it was hot and at no point did I really see anyone allow themselves to 'survive', but all of our athletes kept attacking and fighting for position all the way to the end (and a special mention to Logan and Ethan who both competed while feeling really sick - and Logan medaled!). As a result, we represented WGXC well and were the Hazelwood West Invitational JV CHAMPIONS with 7 medalists!! The seven medalists were Alex (2nd), John O (3rd), Stiles (7th), Ryan (9th), Eddie (11th), Sean (21st), and Logan (23rd)! We also had 2 new LIFETIME PRs - James T (21:34) and Tomas (24:13)! Way to go WGXC boys!
It was a wet, slick, and muddy morning at Festus but the weather was fairly humid. We trained four Varsity thru this week, along with two other guys out (one out of town and one injured), so we had some 'new look' point scorers on both the Varsity and JV squads today. This was our 'bounce' week with the mileage being down to refresh mentally and physically, however huge spikes in heat definitely took their toll this week. Guys ran really well in their new roles and I couldn't be more happy with many of the lessons we learned today.
Varsity toed the line first as the rain began to fall - we were right next to Herculaneum (the team I knew we'd be fighting for 2nd place behind Festus who ran their full Varsity squad). The new guys were definitely nervous, but Ray led the charge out of the gate and Andrew and Corvin fought hard but got boxed fairly quickly. We used the first big hill to get back toward our expected positions, but we had to work pretty hard in the first mile to get there. Andrew, Corvin and Nick all ran strong second half races to anchor our top five, but Herculaneum had their 1 and 2 in front of our 1 which proved too much to beat. Emerson was finally healthy and is ready to start piecing races together and Eddie ran a gutsy first Varsity race. I am very proud of these guys leading our team today! We placed 3rd as a team and had 3 medalists - Andrew, Corvin, and Ray!
The JV squad included the freshmen today and we knew getting the one plaque was going to be tough against a strong Festus squad. Many guys took off strong and we developed some strong packs right out of the gate. As the race thinned out up the hill, it was Stiles leading our guys thru the first mile. He did a fantastic job of helping Ryan, Alex, and John get into good position (and Stiles peeled of to throw up, and still came back to place 15th! Way to fight through!). Logan had a strong second half race and pushed up just outside of the top 20 to round out our top 5 point scorers. The rest of the guys ran hard, but the humidity, mud, and hills seemed to psych us somewhat. We did develop some good packs at times, but we allowed ourselves to get strung out a few times which can be tough in some of the quiet backstretches of this particular course. Lesson learned about pack running and helping out your teammates! We did have a Lifetime PR for Jackson Tarr! We placed 2nd as a team and had 4 medalists - Ryan S, Alex, John O, and Stiles!
This is our first year coming to the Stan Nelson Invitational and it was definitely worth it. We had an opportunity to race several good teams that have often been in our district (however, with redistricting they moved out so it will be a more state focus on these teams now). We certainly had a target on our back coming off our huge success last weekend and mo.milesplit attention. The others teams were now hunting us...and we felt it. We had some fatigue from a hard week of workouts and "coming down" off the high of such a successful Twilight meet played a part as well. We learned a lot about ourselves, how to race when teams know you're coming, and running with some definite fatigue in our legs. I am proud of how we raced and what we learned - read below for the times and celebrations:
Varsity toed the line first in the early morning hour (9am) and knew the expectations of running against two strong teams - Marquette and Parkway West. We were in the middle of the starting boxes and did not get off the line well as a team. Charlie led the way in an early pack, but most of the other guys had to work hard to get back into position during the race, which burns a lot of energy before the later stages of the race. Charlie was a bit surprised by a Lee Summit athlete who made a big surge early and was way ahead, and that led to him learning a lot about being a front runner - a great lesson he will take to the state preview meet in a couple of weeks. The big move of the race was Corvin, who pushed his way up into each continuing pack, charging ahead and eventually becoming our #4 runner in only his second varsity race ever. Andrew, our other sophomore, ran a strong race and raced well amongst a large pack, helping pull senior Jack to another nice race. When some guys were heavy and a bit down, it is nice to see other guys stepping up and having great races. We will continue to learn and add pieces to our varsity as we go! We placed 3rd as a team and had 5 medalists - Charlie 3rd, Evan S 15th, Brett 20th, Corvin 26th, and Andrew 28th.
JV was up second and saw how the meet had some serious competition and some tight hairpin turns - they looked ready in the huddle to take on those challenges and get out hard. As the gun went off, Emerson and Carson led the way out of the pack and got off to a strong start. I was super proud of the packs that continued to form with WG runners - I didn't see one guy running alone in the early stages of the race. As the race developed, I saw a ton of guys attacking throughout the race (I was especially proud of Chris who demonstrated that strength of not just 'surviving' in a race!). Many of our newer runners raced well in their second 5K of the season and we had a fantastic races in a crowded and warm race - I am super proud of the strength and determination many of our guys showed during some of those long straightaways that can be mentally draining. A big ups to Nate who raced hard after coming back from being hurt and ran a 6 minute, yes 6 minute, improvement over the WG Invitational and set a new lifetime PR (and now he knows what that it :) We have a lot to learn from this race, and a lot of successes - we placed 3rd as a team and had 10 new Lifetime PRs today! They were Jackson, Connor, Nick M, Dylan, Jack Cl, Ryan C, Bryce, Chris, Matt P, and Nate! Congrats boys!!
The freshmen finished off the invitational for us in their first ever 5K - they were definitely nervous about running a new distance (their first race away from Blackburn too!). However, when the gun went off they didn't show any fear, as Logan led the charge and another big pack formed behind Cadin. Every single Webster boy was racing hard and running in strong pack formation in the first mile. I was so proud to see these young men getting after it - it had definitely gotten hotter and the course was getting rougher - but they didn't let it phase them. To have 4 guys under 22 was awesome (Rohan was right there too in 22:12) and shows our young statesmen are already pretty tough! By comparison, Corvin (our sophomore varsity runner) ran 22:08 in his first 5K - stay hungry boys we are going to be a good team for a long time if you keep working! They all have a baseline (and they all got a 5K PR - sorry Jack Ca., had to make the joke one last time :) - now we work to improve our minds and bodies! We placed 3rd as a team - Great racing freshmen!!
History was indeed made tonight!!! The first night 5K in Missouri history was definitely one for the record books for us! Charlie Teeter was the CHAMPION of the Varsity race in a NEW SCHOOL RECORD 15:39.27! We had phenomenal performances from top to bottom as 26 out of 30 athletes got brand new lifetime PRs!! It was amazing weather, fantastic competition, a blazing flat course, and running at night added a unique element that made all our guys feel like they could fly - and they did! Oh, and keep in mind, we just raced 48 hours ago on our home course as well! :) Read below for all the celebrations:
Varsity lined up last under the lights and got off to a fast start - our top 3 pack was out strong and looking to lead our team. We were thrown right into a battle with two proverbial state powerhouses - Lee's Summit West and Lafayette - and didn't back down. Charlie led the way at the 1600 mark in 4:55, followed closely by Evan S and Brett. The second pack was the other 4 guys grouped us nicely and looking strong. We never relented as the race went along - we continued to put away the other teams and put ourselves in a position to win. We just missed that chance - we were 3rd as a team only by 5 points (and 2 out of 2nd place). Seeing Charlie make a strong move and show no fear with 600m to go, along with coming around that final curve as the clear champion behind the gator was something special - and he enjoyed every moment of it - the true meaning of work hard, play hard!! We will work to tighten up our gap between our 1/2/3 pack and our 4/5 runners in the coming weeks - fantastic job boys! We had 3 medalists - Charlie 1st, Brett 11th, and Evan S 13th - and all 7 athletes got new Liftetime PRs tonight! Here is a nice write up post-dispatch did for Charlie's win: https://www.stltoday.com/sports/high-school/boys-cross-country/webster-groves-teeter-wins-landmark-title-under-the-lights/article_40135a96-d1ef-11e9-a1c3-47e23961d084.html
The JV guys were up first as the sun was setting, and they lined up with no fear. Coming off a victory at our home meet only 48 hours ago was a little intimidating for some of our young guys, but they didn't let that deter them from going after their dreams of a new PR. They boys lined up and broke the pack up front quickly, led by Carson in 5:20 at the 1600, followed closely with a big pack that included Emerson, Matthew C, Nick Y, and Patrick. Only 10 seconds behind was another huge pack of Webster runners led by John O and Eddie. What was even more exciting is our 3rd pack, around 6:05 avg, included everyone else. We were clearly the "pack of hounds" hunting the competition with our teammates - this is my favorite kind of racing! We placed 3rd as a team behind the same two powerhouse teams - LSW and Lafayette. We had 2 medalists - Carson 12th and Matthew C 16th. Our team has some serious depth and we will continue to push each other to work harder and run faster as the season goes on - and to show it we had 19 new Lifetime PRs tonight! Congrats boys!!
We had an amazing home meet this year! The guys ran on a very humid and warm day with the course in rough shape from all the rain recently (lots of poor footing). The new guys and freshman raced incredibly hard and learned a lot about race preparation and execution - we have a lot to learn, but have a great baseline to work from. Overall, we had a ton of fantastic races and a lot of new PRs for guys - keep reading for all the celebrations!
The freshman took 3rd as a team and raced extremely hard with some tough competition. We had 4 medalists in the race, led by Cadin and Logan finishing in the top 10, then Brennan and James taking 16th and 17th. The pack up front from the start of the race was great to see, followed by two other packs - it's great to see guys running together and helping push each other. The guys who ran the Alumni Race back in July all saw HUGE improvements in their times. See below for the improvements:
This was the final race of the night and did not disappoint! The Webster guys formed a large pack at the front of the race and never relented. Guys exchanged the lead and helped push us to a near perfect score. Jack Parker was the overall champion and led the JV boys to first place with 17 points! We had 13 overall medalists and defending our course to the very end. We had a few new lifetime PRs (Corvin, Alex V, and Hugh) in our first race of the season which shows how a strong summer can really set the bar for a great season. Great job boys!
The Varsity guys had a strong start to the season, finishing 1st as a team with Charlie leading us in 1st overall! All 7 guys medaled! The front pack got a little boxed in at the start (a good lesson learned) and had to burn some energy to get back, and bounced back nicely. The first 1000 was a little quick as a result and the humidity (and Jackson Hill twice) took it's toll. The times might not be where the guys wanted them, but they learned a lot about racing and running against yourself. We will get stronger physically - be sure to focus on mental strength in the next race(s)! A win is a win and we defended the home course again a couple of good teams - great start to the season!
Our Annual Alumni Race 3K was a huge success this year! We had a record number of alumni show up and race, share stories and wisdom, and overall have a great time. The pups learned a lot about race warm-ups, preparation, and team cheers - they learned a little about racing and having fun in our sport (and seeing some of the early returns for those who have been out all summer).
The Seniors/Juniors won with 32 points, followed by the Alumni with 39, with the Sophomores/Freshman in 3rd with 50. Alumni Sam G won the race (fresh off last weekend's Chicago Half Marathon debut), followed closely by returners Evan S and Brett K. Results are listed below.
|4||Daniel Welch||10:40||43||Dan H||16:35|
|8||Nick Y||11:05||47||Matthew S||19:52|