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I thought I would share a story that was written about our trip to OH. Enjoy - Streams gurgled in delight and hay bales gleamed in the morning sun as the Trinity varsity team stepped off the bus Saturday morning at the Mason Invitational. A quick survey by the runners revealed scores of multi-colored tents already set up around the grounds, a sign that this day would be abundant with both competition and fun. It surely proved to be.

Mason was the second Ohio race in as many weeks for the Rocks, who were looking to better their 4th place performance from last weekend at the Asics Hot Summer Bash in Hillard, OH. A varsity team of eight runners toed the line along with 267 others for the first race of the day. “I’ve never felt like this before a race,” said junior Evan Lang, as he scanned the massive field.

The Rocks had a tight pack going through the mile, with the first seven runners coming through between 5:10 and 5:13. Senior Devon Little noted the importance of running together during the first mile. “With so many runners in the race, staying together really helped manage the pace towards the beginning,” he said. A second mile complete with several obstables, including a creek several feet wide and a mulch hill that more closely resembled a mulch mountain, proved to thin the field. Such petty obstacles did not deter Andrew Ireland, however, as the senior captain surged through the field and into the top ten during the second mile of the race. A second pack led by senior Derrick Stauble and which included Lang, Blake Merkley, Little and Jake Hallion followed fifteen to twenty seconds later.

Ireland continued to pace the Rocks through the third mile, and finished in a season-best time of 16:29, good for seventh place overall. Though happy with his race, he noted a desire to improve: “The first mile felt really easy today,” he said. “If I had been with the leaders with 1200 meters to go though, I think I could’ve stayed with them. I need to work on being tougher in the middle of the race.” Stauble finished second for the Rocks once again, crossing the line in fourteenth place with a time of 16:47. The Rocks had five runners finish in the top 36, placing 2nd overall out of 26 teams. The only team to best the Rocks was host Mason, who is ranked 21st in the country. Trinity bettered a Dublin Coffman team which beat them last week, as well as AAA #4 Cooper and AAA #2 Daviess County, who finished 5th and 10th, respectively.

Trinity Head Coach Chad Waggoner was pleased with the results, but said his team needs to narrow the gap between its second and sixth runner in the weeks to come. “I am happy with how we ran today. Our guys ran together the first mile and stayed focused on a tough course. We can compete on a national level this season if we shrink the gap between our two and six runner to ten seconds,” he said. “Today it was 27 seconds, so we’ll work on that in the weeks to come.”
Link to results from Ohio Mile Split

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