Grylka Barely Edged at Runnin' Monks
Name of Meet: Runnin' Monks Invitational
Host: St. Joseph's College, Standish, ME
Course description: Average difficulty with technical running in the middle mile
Course distance: 8K
Conditions: High 60s, overcast
Team finish, results: http://static.psbin.com/4/o/lvkio9jyoctaol/2012_Runnin_Monks_Men.pdf
Thomas Grylka (Fr./East Hampton, CT) 2nd of 82 at 29:24
Corey Hebert (Fr./Baldwin, ME) 29th at 33:13
Philip Boody (Jr./New Sweden, ME) 39th at 34:16
Garrett Hilton (Fr./Charleston, ME) 41st at 34:29
Tyler Hilton (Fr./Charleston, ME) 46th at 34:45
Aiden Bothwell (Fr./Penobscot, ME) 59th at 37:01
Richard Landry (Jr./Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia) 81st at 47:24
A course with a fast opening mile and a half, a fast finishing two miles and with a much tougher middle portion makes for the need to run intelligently. This St. Joe's course is just that, a course that must be run properly with a tough pay back if not well paced. Thomas Grylka was well positioned at two miles before pushing the pace to pull slightly away from the rest of the field but for the lone St. Joe's runner, eventual winner Joe Disalvo. Grylka's second place finish resulted in being just nipped at the line. The other seven Owls' runners ran according to previously set goals as they prepare for the state meet coming up in Southern Maine on October 13th. Corey Hebert continues to show marked progress in finishing second for the Owls. Teammates Philip Boody, Tyler and Garrett Hilton ran strongly to solidify the tie with Johnson State for sixth place in the team scoring. Aiden Bothwell improved to a personal best time of 37:01 while Richard Landry, coming back from illness, finished in 81st spot.
"We're now rounding into solid form as we head to the state meet which will feature 14 teams, all but U-Maine. Different training strategies in the coming week along with a break due to the holiday will make for fresh legs next week in the race hosted by Southern Maine. Optimal individual efforts are needed in order for us to contend against all these teams so we can finish as high up in the standings as I know we can. It'll be interesting."
--Owls' Coach Chris Smith
Next week: At the Maine State Championships hosted by the University of Southern Maine.