Several Turpin athletes competed at OSU's French Field House on Saturday in the high school track meet as part of the Arnold Sports Festival.
Video: Arnold meets with the Uhle brothers from Olentangy Liberty. Chris Uhle cleared 17-3 in the pole vault on Saturday, bettering his own state record and coming within inches of the national indoor record.
It would be foolish to embark on something as demanding, time consuming and worthwhile as competitive distance running without first understanding where you will end up after your hard earned miles and hours of sweat have been paid. Why go out a cold Sunday morning and labor over a weekly long run? Why press on with fast interval after fast interval on a hot afternoon? Why wake up at 5:30 for predawn flexibility and turnover drills? The 2010-2011 Turpin Distance Crew has collectively decided to write out a vision statement defining what type of program we are to become and to sufficiently answer, why do we do what we do?
Over the next few weeks (maybe even months), as a part of Friday afternoon Runner’s Education sessions the Turpin Distance Crew will continue to collaboratively define what it means to be a Turpin Spartan distance runner. Our progress will unfold as it occurs on this website. Since we want this to be a true collaborative effort we welcome any input from all members of the Turpin running community, athletes, parents, coaches, alumni, former coaches, administrators, fans and anyone else who feels they are a stakeholder in this matter.
Miles to go before we sleep, miles to go before we sleep…
In the much anticipated first meet of the2010 season, the Turpin boys cross country team opened with an array of results at the Brian Plasman Invitational hosted by Fairfield. All 34 boys ran in the open race, which went off at 9:30 am. After a rocky start, resulting from a crowded starting line and a hard left turn 150 meters into the race, many Spartan runners began to make their way to front of the pack.
Junior standout Antony Parnigoni lead,nearly wire to wire, finishing in a time of 17:20.00 for 5k, over 25 seconds in front of the second place finisher. Other top finishers for the Spartans included, Senior Joe Murray with a time of 18:34.00, Junior Sean Kennedy, who ran over a minute faster than his 2009 time on the same course, Freshman Drew Kiracofe and Junior Paul Rodriguez. Turpin FAVC athlete of the week,Freshman Matt Sesler, ran a fantastic race for the Spartans stepping up huge in his high school 5k debut with a 6th place finish on the team in a time of 19:19.00. Rounding out the top 7 was Junior Brandon Bodnar who also demonstrated strong improvement with a 19:22.00 effort.
Senior Captain Scott Wenderoth lead the chase pack, finishing 8th on the team with a time of 19:28.00. Just behind Wenderoth, Senior Ben Liming ran a lifetime best of 19:58.00, good for 9th place on the team. Juniors Patrick Nienhaus and Sam Pitakos, as well as, Sophomore Dallas Parnigoni and Freshman Alex Ambach all impressively improved their previous personal bests by over a minute.
As a team, the Spartans fell short of their pre-meet goal of claiming all ten spots in the open race. Finishing with only Antony Parnigoni and Senior Captain Joe Murray in the top ten, for 1st and 7th places overall, respectively. Although the Open Race was technically unscored, unofficial tallies have the top three teams from the open race as follows: (1) St. Xavier – 45, (2) Turpin – 47 and (3) Mason – 51. The Spartans look to get back on track next week at the Tiger Invitational hosted by conference rival Loveland High School. The team shows promise they will continue to strive towards bringing home their 5th consecutive FAVC title as well as a birth at the OHSAA State Meet. Stay tuned for more action next week, the varsity race will go off at 10:00 am and the open race at 11:00 am at the Tiger Invitational.
The Turpin Spartans started the 2010 cross country season at the Brian Plasman Invitational on August 28th. Results will be posted shortly, but be sure to watch the athletes throughout the season. Next week the Spartans will be attending the Loveland Invitational hosted by the Tigers.
Photos from the Brian Plasman Invitational are online so click here to look at them.