Our Varsity squad raced first and quickly set the tone for the meet. From the gun, our athletes were engaged. Michael Madiol (Sr.) and Chris Keeley (Sr.) were right in the front pack for most of the race and had their first major taste of being front runners. However, Michael O’Connor (Sr.), feeling great with the 30 degree temperature difference compared to earlier this week, was chasing and determined to grab a top 10 spot as he worked his way through the fragmenting top pack late in the race. Madiol (15:56) would cross the line first for Neuqua Valley and took 4th. O’Connor (16:07) and Keeley (16:08) came in together in 7th and 8th places, respectively, for some great low scoring positions.
In the end, it was a team from Illinois, 4th ranked Lyons Township, that took the team victory for the day, while Neuqua Valley took 2nd by a margin of 43 to 59. However, it is still early and there is much work to be done.
Our next race is next Saturday at the Lockport Invitational!