Wisconsin Lutheran High School hosted their 40th Viking Invitational on Friday, October 6. The meet allowed KML to return to McCarty Park for the second time this season, having raced there on September 1st, making for a good measure of season improvement. Fifty Chargers represented KML in the field of over 800 athletes from 20 schools. Competition was intense, but the Chargers rose to the challenge and ferociously gave chase for improved places and times. Forty-one of the fifty Chargers were returning to the course, thirty-one of which ran to a faster time this time. Course improvements ranged from 2 seconds to over 14 minutes.
Katie Miller led the way for the Varsity Girls, starting strong and finishing in 19th place with a season PR time of 20:30 to earn a medal, posting an improved time for the sixth race in a row. Katie was joined by five other veterans who ran to season PR’s, bringing them ever closer to their overall PR’s. Olivia Bernarde posted the greatest improvement at 1:07, coming to within 20 seconds of her best time ever.
On September 1st, Michael Gao was determined to finish his first high school race despite the pain he was in and it took 38 minutes to accomplish the task. This race went much better as he improved not only on this course, but overall, for a new personal best time of 23:15. Gao wasn’t alone in overall PR’s as twenty-two Chargers ran to their fastest races of their careers. These PR’s ranged from 5 seconds to Libby Markgraff’s greatest time improvement of 2:44. Kettle now has seven boys who post times under 20 minutes as Isaiah Zhou and Jacob Anderson broke the 20 minute barrier with their PR times of 19:49 and 19:50 as they raced each other to the finish line.
The Girls Varsity finished in 12th place; Girls JV, 13th; Boys Varsity and JV, 16th. The intense competition should serve the Chargers well for their upcoming Conference and Sectional Battle.
Check out some pictures from the October 6th meet HERE.