SOUTH BEND, IN. – LaVille recently participated in the IHSAA co-ed cross country sectional at Erskine in South Bend.
In the boys race, there were a total of 62 Runners. Leading the Lancers was a 54th-place finish by Connor Henry. Henry toured the Erskine course in 23-minutes, 48-seconds. Caleb Christy was not far behing, finishing in 56th in a time of 25:20.
In the girls race, a total of 55 runners competed. Faith Rock led the Lancers with a 49th-place finish in 27-minutes, 09-seconds. Eve Miller took a half mile detour, but got back on course to finish 53rd in 35:37.37.
When asked for a few comments about the season and some personal best runs, LaVille coach Erin Ecker responded:
“What I love the most about cross country is that it is both a team and an individual sport.We started the season one girl away from a full team, which is a huge improvement from last year only having two runners, one on each squad. But, being only one runner shy of a full team was disappointing because the girls didn’t have the chance to experience that team element. It adds an extra sense of purpose. If you can beat one more runner you can help your team, and it becomes more than setting a new PR. I hope we can have that experience next year. We talk a lot about goal setting, I asked for a goal in the beginning of the season, and then I get one for every race. Early in the season the goal for many was to get in shape or to complete the full 5K without walking, and then it becomes more competitive with time goals and teammates become targets!”
“I feel like this was a particularly tough season, most of our meets had temperatures in the 90s with high humidity. Once the temperatures dropped so did the times. I was thrilled to have Eve Miller back who took last year off for vocational studies. She is so positive and so much fun and she might get as excited about PRs as I do! She took just under 5.5 minutes off of her time season PR: 27:14 (HNAC). We lost Jozee King-Cook to a concussion half way through the season. She had already shaved half a minute off her time before her season ended, PR 31:33 at the Caston Invite. I cannot wait to get her back in full health next year. Airyona Nies took over two and a half minutes off her time to end with a season PR of 29:13 at Judson. Faith Rock was a big surprise, I had no idea she was going to run. She was a strong 400 runner for me in track, but she really learned to enjoy the 5K and finished as our top runner. She made it into the top 20 at HNAC where she ran her season PR 24:04, taking over three and a half minutes off her early season time, and beat older sister Rachel’s PR! I expect her to inch her way up into the top ranks as her career progresses. For the boys team we had Caleb Christy return for his Jr. Season he took off about three and a half minutes to finish with a season PR of 22:17 (HNAC). This year Connor Henry joined Christy this year. He was having a strong season until getting set back by a late summer head and chest cold. Connor took off about a minute and a half to get a season PR of 2:22 at Judson. Connor bounced back finished about a minute over his PR on a tough sectional course. He is also recruiting for next year so we could be close to having a boys team!”
“With middle and high school athletes I never know if they are listening or if things are going in one ear and out the other. We don’t get to run many hills, but I schedule a few hill loop practices at the elementary. I was very pleased to see so many runners attacking the hills with good form, it really makes a huge difference. Middle School runners Ryan Maenhout and Cody Allen were able to overcome many opponents throughout the season by “running smart.” Connor Henry took on “Cardiac Hill” at sectionals and passed a runner on the way up and blew another runner away on the way down.”