"Life's long. And it's filled with dips and valleys. We have to remember that they're all works in progress. They don't have to be finished products by the age of 18. Sometimes we lose sight. Sometimes we forget that sports is still a part of education. She'll be better down the road because of this disappointment that, in time, will fade from the landscape."
Having the race of her life was ever-improving frosh Virginia "Utah" Hamlin who took 17th in 21:55.4 as she helped make a statement about the future. Three ninth-graders led the team in the finish chute in the sectional race. Hamlin dropped her September time by 1:35.
Shannon Byrne had the best race of her season by taking 24th in 22:23.1, an improvement from earlier in the season of 1:13.
Sophomore Ellis VanSlyke took off from the start while pulling her teammates to great starts. The Laker finished in 33rd place with a time of 22:52.3. Senior Blair Gage took 36th in 22:58.8 while improving her time by 34 seconds as frosh Maria Schillace ran tough to take 37th in 23:00.6, an improvement of 58 seconds.
"We peaked incredibly well," commented Coach Tuttle. "They went after it. They gave it everything they had. And for a good part of the race, we were winning. We knocked some stuffing out of Caz today. And they know we come back with our scoring five fully intact."
Sam Kriever led the ninth-place boys Lakers with a time of 18:42.2 for 25th place. The senior cut his time from earlier in the season by 24 seconds while classmate John Watt III took 50th in 19:40.5 to improve by 31 seconds.
Sophomore Matt Delasin had the best race of his season with a 57th place finish as he improved by 33 seconds. Classmate Danny Sakal took 59th and frosh Nick Smolenski closed out the scoring by placing 61st in 20:00.1 as he improved by 38 seconds.
Frosh Patrick Biver took 65th in 20:07.5 and senior Joe Duggan improved by 1:33 as he placed 68th in 20:17.4 to close out a banner year.
"We can't complain," said Reed. "They gave what they had and they got what they gave. There's a nice symmetry in that. And it pushed us forward toward a faster tomorrow. Good kids. Good efforts. We can close this book and feel very satisfied."