MS XCRace Recap Beloit Memorial at Leeson Park Sept 9, 2014

The course was about 10seconds long (thus -10 on dev)
you can take 10 secs off finish time for adjusted finish time
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Goal

1/2mile

1/2mile

FINISH

(dev -10)

8

Fisher, Larry

6:00

2:59

3:26

6:25

17

7

Pfarr, Havilah

5:55

3:10

3:22

6:32

2

8

Rasmussen, Hayden

6:00

3:07

3:26

6:33

9

7

Boeve, Joel

6:00

3:07

3:27

6:33

9

7

Kirchhoff, Hannah

6:10

3:10

3:32

6:42

12

8

Heiss, Gloria

6:10

3:15

3:37

6:52

12

8

Vegter, Chase

6:30

3:16

3:30

6:46

14

7

Murdy, Sam

7:00

3:20

3:41

7:01

11

6

Jacobsen, David

6:20

3:31

3:43

7:14

5

6

Rasmussen, Kyler

6:15

3:31

3:47

7:18

6

7

Rolsma, John

7:30

3:40

3:52

7:32

2

4

Pfarr, Steven

6:30

3:41

3:54

7:35

3

4

Kirchhoff, Sam

6:30

3:42

3:59

7:41

7

6

Kirchhoff, EmmaRose

6:30

3:42

3:59

7:41

7

4

Vincent, Francesca

9:00

3:35

4:10

7:45

5

7

Buttke, Camryn

7:10

3:54

4:19

8:15

15

5

Hein, Bobby

7:45

3:54

4:25

8:17

19

6

Hein, Rebekah

7:30

4:14

4:06

8:20

-2

5

Fisher, Love

7:00

3:59

4:33

8:32

24

4

Krug, Kaitlyn

7:20

4:10

4:39

8:49

19

4

Hegle, Andrew

7:20

4:25

4:42

8:57

7

3

Kirchhoff, Grace

4:34

4:25

8:59?

-19

4

Krug, Hannah

7:30

4:30

4:35

9:05

-5

4

Buttke, Jordan

7:45

4:15

5:03

9:18

38

4

Boeve, Maria

8:00

4:38

4:59

9:37

11

6

Benjestorf, Naomi

9:00

4:30

5:08

9:38

28

4

Benjestorf, Izzy

10:00

4:53

5:15

10:08

8

6

Hanus, Aleczandria

10:00

5:07

5:40

10:47

23

5

Holmes, Kat

9:30

5:11

5:37

10:48

16

7

Goede, Mikayla

9:00

5:07

6:01

11:08

46

3

Hanus, Abby

5:00

?

3

Hein, Jessy

5:00

?

5

Hoffland, Elijah

8:50

dnr

5

Sittnick, Mary

9:30

dnr

8

Sittnick, Agnes

9:00

dnr

7

Holmes, Lexi

7:30

dnr

 

First off, thank you to those who helped get the splits and finish times!  Jolene and I at the ½ had a hard time getting splits and they were even more bunched up at the finish.  Kimberly and Maura you did amazingly well with what you had.  The team sheets were by gender (difficult to manage)and not necessarily in finish order, and I didn’t put the 3rd graders on them so they got missed.  Do their moms know their times?  Thanks to Fred who got finish places, it is nice to have those, anyone wanting to do something at meets count finish places, or take pictures.   At Midwest, which is a mob like race like this, we will put two teams on finish; one for boys and one for girls…although the automatic system they will get times too.  This meet did not time or score our MS teams, very low key, but good experience.   Why the slower times?  Long course, long grass, lots of turns, long hills, heat, and perhaps still tired from Friday.  The variables in XC are endless, the finish times & splits tell the story!

Reading the colors:  (the differentials are all minus 10seconds for the longer course…I measured it with the wheel)   I DID NOT ADJUST THE FINISH TIMES ON THE CHART, take 10 seconds off for correct mile time.  Blue, HannahKrug and Beka, were the two to manage negative splits.  I will credit that to natural race instinct, or starting out too ez, which can be fear of too much pain or knowing you didn’t get a good warmup, either way excellent job ladies, negative  splits under 5secs are considered perfect racing!  Grace (if that finish time is correct) was also neg split, she definitely started out too slow with such a big neg split.  Green, Havi, Steven, John your differential was perfect…great  race instinct is at work here.   Yellow, your differential was in a good range, under 10 seconds from the first half to last half.  Natural race smarts again, with more experience the numbers will come down.  Very nicely done, Hayden, Joel, David, Kyler, Sam, Emma, Francesca, Andrew, & Izzy.  Red (no color), the higher the number the bigger the ‘die’…it means conditioning work is needed, you walked, or just started out a little too hard.  It is still early in the season, don’t be worried.  HannahKir, Glo, Sam, Maria were right on the demarcation line, don’t change anything.

Francesca, gets the Newbie WOW award this meet!  She raced herself into TOP 7 as a 4th grader….look out, she is good!!!   We have yet to see the Sittnick girls race, I have a feeling they are good too?

Racing Tactics:   Now, is the time in the season to try different racing tactics. (1)Try pacing, it is the sure fire way to fast and comfortable racing. The danger with this could be starting out too slow which blows a race place and time, unless you understand your split and if it’s slow, you can really pick it up.  (2)Try starting out hard and see how you can hold.  A good example at this meet was Larry.  He went out hard and hung on, sure his differential is higher, but he got the job done!  Sometimes you have to go our hard and blow your splits/pace just to be in the race.  I definitely think Larry had something to prove to his team mates, he did!   The challenge is on boys!!  (3) Try pack running and surging your way to the finish against another team member…this works well for the ultra-competitive, like David and Kyler.  Sure they blow a little extra energy passing back and forth, but neither of them wants to lose to the other so they have no choice and they help each other to good places and times. (4) Try running with the teammate just faster than you.  Many times that is the only way to improve.  This is one reason why I chart rank order for races.  It might hurt a little more, but no pain, no gain!  You might even die a lot in the second half, don’t fear this, its ok as long as you challenge yourself.  Besides you might surprise yourself and them by coming out ahead.  (5) and of course, you can challenge yourself to pass 10 runners in the second half of the race, especially those not wearing the EAGLES colors!!!      Go EAGLES !!!

jilleen