As we approached Peoria on Friday afternoon, it was raining cats and dogs. Coach Janota and I started to reminisce about 2008, and the mud bath we ran in that day. We feared we would see the same conditions for this meet. However, Detweiller's sandy soils came through, with most of the rain soaking into the ground before the races began on Saturday. We also had the fortune of temperatures in the high 60's, almost ideal conditions to run fast.
After the women were done competing, it was the varsity race that was first to run. We were allowed to run ten guys, something that is always in our favor due to our depth. Because the field was so large, and we had an inside box, we knew we had to get out in a good position. After the first 800m, we were in great position. Connor was with the front runners and our pack trailed Jake by about 3 seconds. We got out a little faster at the mile than we are accustomed to, but we were prepared to feel a little more uncomfortable due to the faster pace. Connor hit the mile in 4:40, Jake in 4:51, and the pack in 4:53. Sandburg's guys were out in about 4:45.
As the guys approached the two mile, it was obvious we would have to run a great last mile to beat Sandburg. Connor was still with the front pack in 9:36 and Jake had run the 2nd mile a little too aggressive, hitting it in 9:53. Our pack came through in 10:01, with the anticipation we would run the last mile in under 5:00.
Our last mile was solid, but we failed to gain enough on the talented and determined Sandburg team. However, we ran well. Connor Horn tied Footlocker All-American Danny Pawola and two time All-State runner, Aaron Beattie, on our all-time Detweiller list with a 14:31.4 clocking to finish 5th overall. Jake McEneaney managed to squeak under 15:00, and our pack followed closely behind. One member of that pack was freshman Zach Kinne, who ran 15:04.8 to rank as our best freshman performance ever on this course. Varsity and FS Results. Open Results. Milesplit Recap. Coach Stalking. Connor Horn Interview. Varsity Boys. Race Video Dyestat Recap. Splits
Our entire top ten ran personal bests and we know we will get better. Juniors Jackson Jett and Matt Milostan, along with seniors Dominic Dina, Caleb Ferguson, Aidan Livingston, Patrick Wolak, and Austin Kinne all joined McEneaney to run sub 15:20. To have this many guys under 15:20 at this point in the season has never been done before in our history.
After the great times in the varsity race, the anticipation was definitely there to see what our Freshman/Sophomore team would do. They did not disappoint, running the fastest team time in our history for this level. Ryan Kennedy and Danny Winek led the entire race until out-kicked by Sean MacGregor of York at the very end. Fellow sophomores Quinton Quagliano, Tyler Bombacino, and Alex Johnson, along with precocious freshman, Chris Keeley, all ran 16:06 or faster to win the team championship.
The last race of the day proved to be a dual with Sandburg's JV. Junior Josh Mollway pulled away to win in 15:33.5, giving us seven non-seniors under that mark for the day. Peter O'Neil continued to amaze us with a 16:07, 4th place finish. Last year at this time, Peter was running in the 18's and battled a virus that put him in the hospital in early November. Junior Jeremy Hayhurst continued to have dramatic improvements over last year, running 16:14. He ran 18:40.0 last year. Other incredible improvements over last year were DJ Sauer (-2:06) and Dakota Getty (-2:35).