Youth Rules the Day at CC Classic
Southernmost Runners of all ages descended upon the dewy fairways of Key West Golf Club on Labor Day Saturday for the almost-
Traditionally, this has been a season opener for the KWHS Conchs XC teams, a chance for them to stretch their legs against a soft opponent on their home course before setting out to conquer the world. This year, Marathon HS joined the fray.
SS did claim the individual crown on the Male side of the competition, as Doug Weeks, who serves as assistant coach for Terence White's KW squads, took off early and left the field gasping in his wake. His solo run of the challenging two-
The next 10 runners across the line, though, were high schoolers. Key West's Owen Allen held off teammate and fellow sophomore Jason Block in 19:02 in what was basically a controlled workout for the team's top two. Ryan Schult, a transfer-
Marathon's Keygan Jeffries, another transfer-
Recent KWHS graduate Jerry Burgess placed 12th, but, being still just 18, represented Youthful Hubris (we gotta change that age line to 18).
So, KWSR Winter Grand Prix Champion Ed Clarke was SS' number two runner, posting a very respectable 20:39. Another flock of high schoolers came after that. Sage 'n' Savvy was rounded out by new member Robert Schult (Ryan's dad -
The females were led by KW sophomore Nicole Matysik, who cruised a tempo-
KW soph Megan Mayer placed 4th to give YH a 1-
Current KWSR Summer GP leader Katie Leigh took 9th for SS, and Marathon's Riley McDonald took 10th for YH, yielding a final score of YH 23, SS 34. Interestingly, if the determinant had been 18th birthday (instead of 19), Jane would have run for SS, and the scoring would have been quite different. YH would have been 1-
The day was made into a more festive mixer by a couple of extra competitions. The overall field was divided by semi-
The day's final competition was the KWSR Great American Flip-
Full results of the day's events can be found here.
Many thanks to Key West Golf Club, as always, for the use of their fine facilities!
REMAINING GP RACES
10/01 Montessori 5K, 8 AM
11/05 Zonta ABC 5K, 8 AM
11/19 Mariners Hospital 5K, 8 AM
11/26 Hog’s Breath 5K, 8 AM
This Saturday, 9/24 at 7:30 AM, Key West Golf Club once again transforms into The Gauntlet, one of South Florida’s most famous Cross Country venues. This time, the prep runners have the fairways and mounds of the Robert Price Memorial XC Course to themselves as the teams from Key West High School, Marathon High School and Coral Shores High School will converge to race for the Monroe County Championship.
[And, yes, volunteers are needed. Finish line, set-
The MCCCC was established in 2002 when Marathon launched their XC program. It has been an annual event, except for a couple of weather-
In the girls competition, the KW Conchs look to be clear favorites. The Conchs run in a 1-
Marathon has a young group led my eighth-
Longtime Coral Shores coach Mary Jo Fry has passed the torch and retired from coaching. The Hurricanes are in rebuilding mode and have been keeping a bit of a low profile so far.
The Boys race will be a very different show. In fact, it could be one for the ages. KWHS has claimed this title six times in a row now, dating back to 2008, but Marathon’s young runners have upset on their minds.
The individual favorite is KW’s sophomore Owen Allen. The team’s top runner as a freshman, Owen ran 17:03 last year to become Key West’s #3 all-
Conch seniors Ryan Schult (18:42) and Peterley Louis (18:47) and Derek Painter (19:10) round out the KW varsity five.
Marathon is led by senior Joel Zaila, who made a splash with his 17:45 at Spanish River last week. He should have a great race with KW’s top two. Senior Keygan Jeffries has missed the last two meets after a strong showing in the CC Classic, but could be a big factor here.
The most impressive thing you’ll see all day, though, will be the Dolphin Pod. Junior Matt Pinkley, sophomore Ayden Child, and eighth-
The inaugural edition of the MCCCC was a true barnburner, with Coral Shores edging Key West 33-
The conch shell blows at 7:30 for the girls, and the feature event boys’ race will begin at 8:10. There are still good seats available.
UPCOMING KWSR RACES
October 1, 2016
@ Higgs Beach
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Big Pine Key
Vineyard 5K Run/Walk