Tiger XC gears up for Regionals this Saturday
On Saturday, the Tigers will race in the Region 3 AAA meet at Tom Sawyer Park at 1:45. The Tigers are predicted to sweep the race even with senior Ryan Guenthner and Patrick Schaefer not racing due to injury precautions.
The Tigers toughest competition will be Manual’s Yared Nuguse whose best time is 15:19.10 which is currently best in the state. However, while Nuguse will be the toughest competition in the Region, St X should have no problem winning the race overall. The Tigers are still one of the best teams in the nation that can run as a pack. Even with only three of the top five racing on Saturday, the time between all of them finishing is within only seven seconds.
Junior Cooper Marchal is currently the fastest with a 15:37.70 and followed closely by sophomores Zach Larkin and Grady Shiftlet. The top three runners for St X on Saturday could all place in the top five with juniors Thomas Knepshield and Eric Portaro closely behind.
The Tigers should have no problem winning the region with their depth, ability to run as a pack, and runners who could score in the top 5. Do not be suprised if all of the Tigers’ scorers finish before any other team has three runners finish.