The Titans have returned from the famous Veteran Acres Park in Crystal Lake for Crystal Lake South Invitational. The Varsity team finished 2nd (67) with the Frosh/Soph team finishing 5th (130). The Varsity team finished right behind the #1 2A Cross Country team, Kaneland (43), with the Frosh/Soph team finishing behind Belvidere North (51), McHenry (67), Woodstock (113), and Dundee-Crown (122).
Will Kelly (Sr) started his season off strong by winning the Crystal Lake 5k with his time of 16:12.6! He had a 8 second gap between him and the second place finisher! The previous GBS Course record at Crystal Lake was set in 2013 by David O’Gara when he just broke-17 with his 16:50.7. Will Kelly crushed that by 38.1 seconds! Later in that season, David O’Gara ran a 14:59 at the Lake Park Sectional. Will Houser (Sr) also finished better than David O’Gara did with his 6th place finish at 16:49.1.
The Wills were followed by Brian Hiltebrand (So)‘s 11th place finish at 17:12.6, James Kurtzweil (Sr)‘s 14th place finish at 17:21.5, and Cody Slutzky (Jr)‘s 37th place finish at 18:35.1.
All returning Varsity athletes performed better than they did last year. Danny O’Brien (Sr) improved by 4:15 from last year! The Titans worked together in the race and will continue to be strong all year.
At the Frosh/Soph level, Jayson Stamm (So) finished with a 12:13.1 and Elie Nassif (So) finishing with a 12:28.8. Both athletes take a spot on the Top 5 List of GBS at the Crystal Lake 3.5k.
The Titans race again next Saturday, September 14 at Matthew’s Middle School in Island Lake, IL for the Wauconda Invitational. Meet details to come mid-week.