2013 Varsity Team State Rankings and quotes

Pre-Season Ranked #9 in the State by
Coach – Neal Garrison
2012 Finish – 11th 2A State

Key Runners – Forrest Smoes SR (11th, 14:48), Ethan Russell SR (86th, 15:43), Alex Keeble SO (126th, 16:01), James Williams SO (127th, 16:02), Jackson Powell JR (173rd, 16:37), Curt Kuperferschmid SR, Jake Keller SO, Jack Hyde SO, Joey Magyar SO, Gabe Pommier FR.

Outlook – Jonathan Schaap has graduated but there is still a good core remaining from last year’s state team. Forrest Smoes finished 11th last year and could be in the top 5 this fall. The secret on this team could be sophomore Alex Keeble. He was the fifth man at state last year. His improvement has been dramatic. He ran 15:31 last month at Det at Dark. He could challenge Ethan Russell for the second spot. There will be a gap between Smoes and the pack. That gap needs to be near 40 seconds, then the pack needs to be within 20 seconds of each other.

“I would love to see them be in the top 3 in most of our meets. They won many of them last year, but we realistically know that it will be significantly harder to win any invites this season. We hope to win Regional if we aren't placed into one that is too tough,” said Neal Garrison.

Forrest Smoes – SR – Mahomet-Seymour HS

He will be one of the top runners in 2A. Last year at the state meet, Smoes ran 14:48 to finish 11th. He did not have the best of outdoor seasons where he ran 9:43 for 3200 Meters. He had a good summer of training and should be back towards the front this fall.

Forrest is a pleasure to coach. He is a young man of great character. While he is talented, I believe much of his success has been a direct result of his determination and exceptional work ethic. I am lucky to have him on our team again this year,” his coach Neal Garrison said. “He is a great leader for the team. He cares a lot about his teammates. He tries to set a high standard for his teammates in workouts. He is a top notch student/athlete. I pray that God blesses him again this year in cross country as he deserves it.”

Pre-Season Ranked #9 in the State by
Head Coach/coach: Neal Garrison
Last year’s final season finish:state-11th (291pts.)
Key returners: Forrest Smoes (Sr.)-11th, Ethan Russell (Sr.)- 86th, Alex Keeble (So.)- 126th, James Williams (Sr.)- 127th, and Jackson Powell (Jr.)-173rd.
Projected top 7: Smoes, Russell, Williams, Keeble, Powell, Trevor Hanlon, and William Wolf (Jr.).
Newcomers: Gabe Pommier, Ben Craw, Myles Jones, and Brian Butcher
Season outlook from Coach Garrison: “We are returning a solid team, but losing two of our top four runners from the 11th place State team (including our 10th place finisher).  We are hopeful that our returning runners will develop enough to qualify for state again and get into the top 10.  The boys won some meets last season and we hope to be among the top teams at each meet.  We realistically know that winning some of the meets we won last year might be more challenging for us this year.  Depending on what Regional we are placed into, we hope to win that again.  We don’t have a required summer training program.  In fact, I don’t show up a single day in the summer.”

Pre-Season Ranked #9 in the State by ITCCCA
Week 1 Ranked #8 in the State by
Week 1 Ranked #10 in the State by ITCCCA
Week 2 Ranked #3 in the State by
Week 2 Ranked #1 in the Sectional by
Week 2 Ranked #10 in the State by ITCCCA
Week 3 Ranked #2 in the State by
Notes - #1 Illiana Christian dominated their own invitational on Saturday despite the fact they kept two of their runners in the lower level races. Led by the 1-2 finish by Nick Fiene and Tony Wondaal, the Vikings placed five in the first nine to win scoring 24 points.
The noise this week in 2A Boys was not that run but the race that #2 Mahomet-Seymour ran last Saturday in Peoria. The Bulldogs placed tenth in the Richard Spring Invitational defeating several 3A top 25 teams. Alex Keeble ran 15:05 to finish 19th to lead his team. Their split was at 52 seconds. I know it is not “kosher” to compare two separate meets but here is the deal. Illiana Christian’s team time at FTTF was 77:55. Mahomet’s team time this last weekend was 77:49. There were only two teams that ran both Peoria meets, Dixon and Normal University. Both teams improved by 1-2 seconds per runner from FTTF to Spring. Even though it is a minimal improvement, it shows the difference of speed between the two races. In my eyes, it puts these teams pretty equal. I said at the beginning of the year that this team championship is up for grabs. I stand by that.

Week 3 Ranked #1 in the Sectional by
Week 3 Ranked #3 in the State by ITCCCA
Week 4 Ranked #2 in the State by
#2 Mahomet-Seymour has been running tight splits the last couple weeks. Saturday at the East Peoria Invitational, Alex Keeble broke up that pack when he stayed with 1A front runner Nick Hess (St. Thomas More, Champaign) until Hess moved in the last mile to win by five seconds. The Bulldogs won the team championship with 45 points, 47 ahead of second place Normal Community. Their split on five was sixty-four seconds, only twenty five second from 2-5.
Week 4 Ranked #1 in the Sectional by
Week 4 Ranked #2 in the State by ITCCCA
Week 5 Ranked #2 in the State by
Week 5 Ranked #1 in the Sectional by
Week 5 Ranked #2 in the State by ITCCCA
Week 6 Ranked #2 in the State by
Week 6 Ranked #1 in the Sectional by
Week 6 Ranked #2 in the State by ITCCCA
Week 7 Ranked #2 in the State by
Week 7 Ranked #1 in the Sectional by
Champaign Centennial Regional
Ranked Teams
Boys: Mahomet-Seymour (2), Taylorville (19), Champaign Central (21)
Outlook – Mattoon will be challenged by Mahomet-Seymour for the Girls Regional title. Champaign Central and Charleston will be the next teams in line. Megan Shafer and Whitney Mainifior (Mattoon HS), Lauren Whitehouse (Mahomet-Seymour HS) and Hannah Wright (Central HS, Champaign) will battle in the individual race.
Mahomet-Seymour should capture the Boys Regional team title. Taylorville and Champaign Central will challenge for the next spot. Johnny Leverenz (Danville HS) should be the individual favorite in this regional.
Final Ranked #2 in the State by
Final Ranked #1 in the Sectional by
Final Ranked #2 in the State by ITCCCA
Champaign Centennial Regional
 #2 Mahomet-Seymour placed five runners in the first ten. That was more than enough win the regional championship 25-83 over #21 Champaign Central. Their split off of second place finisher Alex Keeble was 48 seconds. Their split on 2-5 was 27 seconds.
Johnny Leverenz (Danville HS) showed that he will contend for the state championship. He cruised to the regional win (15:00) and a 29 second margin over Keeble.

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