FHS harrier teams set several personal records at Bath Invite
by Mike Snyder, Head Coach
Despite a soggy course because of the amount of rain the area had the day before, 14 athletes set personal records on the 5K course while 10 others set season best marks. For only the third meet of the season, Coach Fitch and I are very happy with the performances today. Nearly everyone ran either their fastest race ever or their fastest for the season. It’s great when most everyone does well, it helps with motivation and pulls the athletes to continue to try their best at every practice and meet.
The varsity boys were led by junior Shane Gutkowski as he set a season best time placing 35th with a time of 18:40 just 27 seconds from his all-time best. Gutkowski looked strong and determined and ran very well. Senior Josh Fitch was second on the team as he set a season best mark of 19:06 finishing 48th. Freshman Eric Hayes set a personal record of 19:08 taking 51st place. This was more than a one minute improvement for Hayes. Junior Grant Reene finished 56th with a season best time of 19:15. Junior Logan Karney placed 80th with a personal record of 20:27 which is nearly one minute faster than his previous best. Senior Josh Easterly came in next for the Eagles with an 87th place 21:23 personal record which was also nearly one minute under his previous best. Junior Alex Leach finished in 91st with a season best time of 21:58. Sophomore Hunter Duehring finished 234th in the junior varsity race with a season best time of 23:11 which was more than one minute faster than his previous mark this season.
The lady eagles had a great day as everyone on the team set either a personal record or a season best time. Sophomore Autumn Genter led the way with a personal record time of 23:00 good for 64th place overall. Sophomore Carissa Schurr set a personal record with a 72nd place 23:14 clocking. Both girls had over a one minute improvement. Freshman Sarah Richmond set a personal record with an 88th place 24:02 time followed close behind by junior Mackenzie Walter in 89th place with a season best time of 24:09. Junior Elisabeth Barrett finished 92nd with a season best time of 24:24 which was just shy of a one minute improvement. Freshmen Dana Williams set a personal record clocking a 24:24 good for a 92nd place overall finish. Rounding off the varsity squad was Ashley Geiger who set a season best with a time of 24:43 good for 99th place.
Leading the junior varsity team was freshman Kaitlyn Pierce setting a personal record 24:56 good for 83rd place. Junior Abi Samson came in 114th with a time of 25:33. Junior Kylie Ostrofsky shaved one minute off her previous season best time with a 25:51 clocking good for 126th place. First time runner and senior Abby Geyer finished in 216th place with a personal record time of 28:22. Freshman Abbey Kerkau finished in 260th place with a personal record 29:44 breaking that 30 minute barrier shaving off over two minutes from her previous best. Another first time runner and senior Bailey Elnick set a personal record as she finished in 270th place with a time of 30:05. Elnick will be under that 30 minute mark within the next couple of meets. Freshman Catherine Leach set a personal record with a place of 305th and time of 33:46. Junior Erin Dwan set a personal record shaving over two minutes off her previous best with a 311th place 34:13 clocking. Senior Abby Schmitt also set a personal record reducing her previous best by over two minutes as she took 312th spot with a time of 34:13.
This was a great meet to set personal records and season best marks in. Coach Fitch and I are pleased with the results and look to see continue growth in all of our runners.