Bucs push hard at Titan Invitational
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers headed over to the Montgomery Golf Club for the Gerry Smith/Titan Invitational.
Conditions were pretty humid for the runners, and the BEA boys were able to place 22nd out of 30 teams. BEA did not run any girls in the varsity race.
Grant Strukel had a tough day, but still placed 38th in what his head coach, Tom Plocker, calls a stellar varsity field, with a time of 17:59. Strukel paced 5:19 at the first mile, 11:12 at mile two, and 17:59 at the finish.
Angel Martinez motored his was to his fastest-ever 5K, placing 104 for the day in a 19:55 time. His first mile marked him at 6:53, with mile two at 12:55, before finishing at 19:55.
Carson Strukel placed 157th, recording a quality personal record mark of 22 minutes. His first mile timed him at 6:53, mile two was at 14:07, and mile three at 22:00.
Cameron Germain ran faster than last year at the Titan Invite. He ran a 22:12 5K. Mile one was clocked at 6:47, mile two was at 14:11, and mile three came at 22:12. Germain placed 158th in the race.
Plocker says freshman Damion Mahlstedt continues to improve with the team. He nabbed a time of 22:33, earning 166th for the meet.
Nick Blum led the junior varsity gents as he placed 191 with a time of 25:15. His first mile was timed at 7:25, while his second mile was clocked at 15:30, and a final mile of 25:15. This was Blum’s first-ever 5K run.
James Greer, according to his coach, had an encouraging race as he clocked 26:25 at the meet, placing 219th. He ran his first mile in 7:51, mile two in 16:25, and mile three was 26:25, 30 seconds faster than his previous year at the Titan Invite.
Eli Paz cruised over the two loop course in 29:50, while Shane Levenhagen gave his all and placed 259th with a time of 31:56.
In the JV?girl’s race, Elizabeth Jacobson paced herself well and covered the 5K course in 29:24, shaving off three whole minutes from her time last year.
Sara Hernandez had a robust finish for the day, earning 126th place with a time of 30:48. Aubrey Hueper also put up a good battle against the course, earning a time of 37:22.
In the 2500-meter junior high races, seventh grader Addison Smith placed 85th with a time of 13:30.
Classmate Hayden Vereide bolted to 162nd in the boys race with a time of 13:57.
Leah Becker came on strop the last loop, earning 106th place in 14:28.
Reagan Bromeland competed solidly and finished in 128th place with a time of 17:13, a personal record for the young cross country runner.
And Clarine Greer was leery at the start of the race, but came back with a hard boost of energy, clocking a time of 17:53, good for 131st for the day’s race.
The next Blue Earth Area Cross Country meet is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 12, for the Maple River Invite at Daly Park. The meet starts at 4:30 p.m.
Check the next Faribault County Register for details on the next race.