SPRING HILL XC PRogress
This past weekend the SH XC team traveled to Round Rock to run in the McNeil Invitational against some of the best runners in the state. Runners from all over made the drive, to test the ground on the state course, and prepare for what is to come. And for over 4,500 runners who took the start, 18 of them were representing Spring Hill. Making the trip were 10 Junior High and eight high school runners.
Leaving early Friday morning the team caravanned to Round Rock, where they got to overlook the course, and prepare for the day ahead. Then after a GREAT dinner at Kirby Lane, they enjoyed fellowship, ice baths, and a quick team motivational meeting emphasizing the team goals for the races.
Starting off the morning were the JH runners (both girls and boys) in a combined JH race. For the JH runners, the meet was all about learning. Learning the importance of a team, learning what CC really is all about, and learning that CC isn’t all about just running, but how it actually can be fun too. Allowing these young runners to the best of their ability, cutting back times from seconds to over a minute for some. Needless to say the JH bunch wanted to do more than just run hard, but wanted to ensure they left their mark on that course until next time.
Following the JH race, was the Varsity Boys GOLD division, consisting of 395 of the State’s top runners in divisions (1A-6A) and taking on the challenge was senior Kase White. White, having ran on the course twice before at the State meet (2013 & 2014), came to not just learn on the course, but attack it. And attack it he did. Cutting off nearly a minute from last years’ time, and the 5th 4A runner to finish in the race. White finished the race, ready to line up again in one more month.
The final two races came after a four hour gap, just long enough for the sun to set in and the heat to rise. Yet, conditions did hold SH runners back. Freshmen Kinsey Smith lined up for the Varsity girls race, in a field of 407 runners. From the start Smith led the race, positioning herself for a personal best in the two mile, which is exactly what happened. Earning her 53rd place, and like White ready to come back in a month to try out the course again.
Ending the day, were the rest of the HS boys Varsity team. After waiting to race all day, they finally had their chance, along with 416 other runners in the (1A-4A) division. Finishing first for the Panthers was freshmen Manuel Florres with an outstanding time of (18:48), followed by the rest of the panther crew, all posting PR’s for the season.
Through the McNeil Invitational the Spring Hill XC team gained knowledge, friendships, and a new understanding of the commitment and dedication it takes to be a part of a sport, such as cross country. Runners from each level posted PR’s, once again proving progress and ensuring SH “Left their Mark” in Round Rock, until they are to return for the next round.
This week the team will travel to Gilmer to run in the pre district meet starting at 8:00am, with the JH girl’s race.
JH RESULTS WILL BE UP MONDAY à http://mcneiltrackxc.com/invitational.html
*SPRING HILL RUNNERS RESULTS*
Varsity Boys (GOLD)- TOTAL RUNNERS 395
Kase White – 16:19 82nd
Varsity Boys (1A-4A)- TOTAL RUNNERS 416
Manuel Florres- 18:48 133rd
Zach Fisher- 19:40 201st
Carson Fruge- 19:59 231st
Carson McNabb- 20:00.7 235th
Ethan Pimental- 20:28 273
Varsity Girls (1A-4A)- TOTAL RUNNERS- 407
Kinsey Smith- 12:48 53rd
Junior High Girls (1A-6A)- TOTAL RUNNERS- TOTAL RUNNERS (441 IN RACE/ 200 WERE GIRLS)
Marissa Seyer- 14:05 33rd
Samantha Schott- 14:47 68th
Junior High Boys (1A-6A)- TOTAL RUNNERS- TOTAL RUNNERS (441 IN RACE/ 241 WERE BOYS)
Mason Hancock- 12:12 24th
Austin Martin- 12:17 26th
Marshall Boenheimer- 12:52 52nd
Kalen Barlow- 12:53 53rd
Carson Barnhill- 13:14 71st
Caleb Hutchenson- 14:05 115th
Brody Barnhill- 14:29 130th
Brian Vaca- 15:19 154th