SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
Josh Bernson and Isaak Spain were neck and neck in 13th and 14th place, respectively, around 18:10.
"Josh and Isaak have put a lot of work in since the beginning of the summer and to see where they are at today is really impressive," Kramer said. "They have really improved. Both were in the 20 minute range.
Nick Shaw cut over two minutes off of his best time for 30th place in just over 20 minutes.
"Nick has only been out two years and improved tremendously," Coach Kramer said. "We have a lot of young guys that could be very, very good by the time they are seniors if they show the desire and committment of the runners before them. The sky is the limit."
Maggy Yockey won the girls fresh-soph race.
"Maggy dominated the frosh/soph race, running a personal best of 19:38," Coach Kramer said. "Maggy ran virtually pain free the whole race, which was nice because she has been battling a calf strain. It was fun to watch her run today. Hopefully, she can build on this and continue with success."
There was also an open race. Erik Bowers placed 4th in 17:38.
"He ran his best race ever in the open race with a personal best. of 17:38," Coach Kramer said. "Erik is the model for our team motto, which is "First half pace, second half race". He always starts way in the back because most runners, especially inexperienced ones start way too fast.
"Erik has shown he is going to be fighting for one of the varsity postions in the future with his hard work. To think where is has come from his freshman year is amazing. He was running well over 24 minutes when he started. I look forward to his leadership as a senior next year."