The Shiner Comanches cross-crounty season will conclude Saturday ( November 4, 2017 ) in Round Rock at the state meet with Brooke Kloesel and Lilly Egan competing as individuals; the girls team as a whole will be an alternate team after finishing fifth in the regional meet early last week in Corpus Christi.
Lady Comanche harriers Brooke Kloesel (left) and Lilly Egan will race in one last meet for 2017 — the state meet in Round Rock on Saturday ( November 4, 2017 ) at 12:20pm.
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photo courtesy of Shiner XC coach Michelle Winkenwerder
According to Shiner head cross-country coach Michelle Winkenwerder, Kloesel’s goals for 2017 were to run a two-mile race in 12 minutes, 30 seconds; go to state as both an individual and team and place in the top 10 at regional and top 20 at state meet.
Egan’s list was beat Flatonia at every meet the two schools raced at together, make it to state as individual and team and improve on her personal record.
Both runner’s current 2017 season bests came at home.
Kloesel’s best was a 12:46 at the Shiner meet in September and Egan’s best race was at the Shiner meet in October in which she finished in 13:23. Winkenwerder said the state meet has changed a little since the last time Shiner was there.
“What was important at this meet in past years, was a good start and getting ahead of the pack so you don’t get boxed in the confined spaces set up because of spectator barriers and a natural layout of Old Settlers Park,” she said. “I’m hoping with the new starting area, this will give runners a chance to jockey for positions in a wide open space and let them determine the outcome of the race instead of man- made barriers that confine the runners and determine outcomes.”
Temperatures for Saturday are forecasted to be in the 80s.
“This season will also be different from years past because of the weather. Highs are expected to be 87 which can bring into play the importance of proper hydrating for all runners. I would expect the course to be in great shape which will allow runners a chance to set their own personal best records,” Winkenwerder said.
She said Egan and Kloesel should not change up how they run the race.
“To enjoy the run, the experience of getting to run in the last race of the season and remember how many goals that you have demolished on this wonderful journey,” Winkenwerder said.
Shiner has had a great season so far — winning four of five titles at district, 24 out of 49 medals at district were claimed by Shiner Comanche runners. Shiner had two teams at for girls and boys at each varsity race, competing against one another.
They placed top five in team standings 10 total times, over 50 athletes and both varsity teams placing in the top 10 at regionals.