Race Recap, D228: Martin Wins F/S, Hartman Leads Varsity

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Nick Martin edges out Bremen’s Tony Jucik to win the F/S race with a time of 17:13.

The day started off with a bang, when sophomore Nick Martin won the frosh/soph race with a new PR of 17:13 — 2:00 faster than his freshman year best. He won the race after catching Bremen’s Tony Jucik with a great final 400m. Teammate Ishaan Patel made the exact same move, passing Bremen’s Lovrich the final meters of the race to take 3rd with a time of 17:43 in his first career cross country race!

Other great performances on frosh/soph came from sophomore Nate Berrones, missing his personal record by less than 10 seconds. Also, freshman Nitthian Gopi ran an incredible first race with a time of 20:42 after opening up his first mile in 6:12! Notable finish came from freshman Jake Mrofka who ran approximately 2:00 faster his final mile than either of the first two miles. Great job to all of the frosh/soph runners on a solid start to the season.

Varsity only ran with five runners after senior/captain John Kennedy was a late scratch for precautionary reasons. Junior/captain Josh Hartman led the way and showed the district what a solid off season can do. After breaking 21:00 only once as a sophomore, he took 6th on varsity with a new PR of 17:40! Josh has been one of the team’s hardest workers since cross country ended last fall. He started last season with a 25:47 at Midlothian Meadows.

The top five was rounded out by solid performances by Nick Marfoe, Jay Pillai, David Dilley, and Christian Johnson.

The boys return to action on Saturday when they head to the Hillcrest Basin (171st St & Rockwell Ave) for the Hillcrest Invite! The varsity race will feature the cross country debut of track standout [senior] Jason Ludtke. Go Titans!

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