The CHS harriers ran their League Championships yesterday, and we have a League Champion! Keagan Vargo was the first place finisher in the boys race, by over 13 seconds. Nate Purdue also dropped a top ten finish, which is really great. But, let's look at the percent backs, which is what I think really tells the story.
Here is the %-back from the Titan Invite compared to two weeks later, here at the League Champs.
Vargo: -0.53 to -0.95 Improvement!
Purdue: 5.21 to 3.10 Improvement!
Kadolph: 7.7 to 7.45 Improvement!
Anderson: 7.97 to 8.82
Ingram: 9.2 to 10.95
Ferguson: 10.66 to 11.97
Harris: 11.00 to 11.90
Foster: 6:02 to 6.84
Ferguson: 10.6 to 7.14 Improvement!
Heard: 9.12 to 10.88
Nyiro: 15.59 to 13.96 Improvement!
If I may offer a little commentary here, the boys team yesterday came in third overall with 101 points, (and the girls came in 6th) which I think is a little bit of a disappointment for that boys team. I think they are better than that, but if you look at the numbers, it is up to those 4, 5, 6, & 7th place runners to push that team up into the higher place spots. The 4-7 runners did not improve from two weeks ago to today. Maybe that has something to do with training through this race, or maybe other factors I am not aware of within the team. (Not saying anything is going on, just saying I am not in the inner XC circle!!) But, this data shows that you can have two guys in the top ten, three in the top twenty, and you will not succeed as a team unless your slower guys race lights out. That has been, and always will be the key to XC; it's not the top guys, it's the 4-7 guys that make the difference in a race. I think if those 4-7 boys put in a fantastic solid week of training, then watch out, Colorado, CHS at State is going to do some damage!
P.S. Here is the %-back sheet, as usual, head over to Coach Versaw's page for the primary source material.