Varsity Team State Rankings and quotes
Pre-Season Ranked #14 in the State
14. Mahomet – Seymour
2011 Finish – 5th 2A State Meet
Coach – Neal Garrison
Returnees – Jonathan Schaap SR (25, 15:18), Forrest Smoes JR (48,
15:40), Ethan Russell JR (142, 16:32), Chris Carlton JR, Curt
Kupferschmid JR, James Williams JR, Dharav Vakil JR, Daniel
Notes – The Bulldogs kind of snuck up on people early in the 2011
season. They did it unselfish pack running that culminating in a
5th place finish in November. Coach Neal Garrison lost 4 of his
top 6 runners to graduation. He does have a good 1-2 punch in
Jonathan Schaap and Forrest Smoes. Schaap shocked some fans last
spring by running a 4:14 1600. Smoes has the potential to run with
Schaap, who earned all state honors by finishing 25th last fall.
Both runners could be in the top 20 this year.
After his first two, Garrison will have to reload his top 7. The
will be there led by Junior Ethan Russell, but it may take a
during the season. “We have a nice group of runners with good
is always fun to coach,” said Garrison. “ Since most of them
the opportunity to run in the top 7 at our invitationals, they
need to grow as competitors this year in order for us to be able
our goals.” The team may not look like a state group at the
the year, but you will see a different look in the Bulldogs as the
series rolls around.
Week 1 Ranked #13 in the State
- won the Charleston Invitational on Saturday placing 5
in the first 9 . Jonathan Schaap led the way for the Bulldogs with
place finish. Their 1-5 split was 49=8 seconds. They will compete
Halberg Invitational in Springfield on Saturday.
Week 2 Ranked #9 in the State
- finished 2nd at the Lee Halberg Lanphier
Invitational. They had 3 runners in the first five led by the
individual win of Jonathan-Schaap. Their 5 man split was 76
seconds. Their 1-3 split was 26 seconds. The Bulldogs will
also head to Detweiller Park for the Richard Spring Invitational
Week 3 Ranked #5 in the State
- finished 13th at the Richard Spring Invitational. They were
the 2nd highest 2A team in this meet behind #2 Belvidere North.
Forrest Smoes(35th) and Jonathan Schaap (37th) led the
Bulldogs. Their 1-5 split was 51 seconds. They will be at the East
Peoria Invitational on Saturday.
Week 4 Ranked #6 in the State
Week 5 Ranked #7 in the State
Week 6 Ranked #5 in the State
Week 7 Ranked #7 in the State
Final Rank #7 in the State
2012 IL 2A
Boys Team XC Ratings