Hole in the Wall

Senior co-captain Nels Harper  finished 105th overall in a time of 20:08. -
Senior co-captain Nels Harper finished 105th overall in a time of 20:08.
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LAKEWOOD The 23rd annual Hole in the Wall Lakewood invitational was a success for the Arlington Eagles cross country team.
As a team, the Lady Eagles finished 10th out of 16 teams with 253 points while their male counterparts tallied 239 points for a 10th-place finish out of 17 schools.
Senior Lady Eagles harrier Kristina Bosket finished 12th overall in a time of 20:07 on the 5K (3.1-mile) course.
Bosket said she thought she did really good and was pleased with her performance.
I improved my time on this course by over a minute, she said. My goal was 20:30 and I beat that and felt pretty good overall.
Freshman Safa Pinkens placed 43rd with a time of 21:42 and four of her teammates came in together nearly two minutes later.
Freshman Nicole Brown came in 85th (23:30), junior Colleen McElroy was right behind with the same time and an 86th-place finish, sophomores Nikki Doggett and Allison Sande came in 87th and 88th in times of 23:31 and 23:32, respectively.
The junior varsity Lady Eagles finished 11th out of 17 teams with 306 points.
Sophomore Kaitlan Foster and freshman Daneen Natac came in 43rd and 44th, respectively, in a time of 24:26.
Freshman Kim Castaneda placed 69th overall in 25:24 and junior Colby Irwin 87th in 26:06.
On the boys side, junior Paul Simbeck led the charge with a 13th-overall finish time of 17:14.
Classmate Luke Passalacqua was a mere one second behind with a 16th-place finish, senior Jeremy Goheen came in 67th in 18:22, junior Steven White 71st in 18:29, junior Charlie Ewell 82nd in 18:57 and senior co-captain Nels Harper came in 105th overall with a time of 20:08.
Harper, the comical redhead, said he felt decent and liked the strong finish he was able to put forth.
I had a really good finish, he said. I just opened it up and went for it. I finished in 20:05 and my goal was to finish in about 20 minutes. This is a great course. You get the hills, trees and the openness if you want it.
Juniors Corey Tucker (81st-place out of 186) finished in 20:20 and Andrew Bertran (127th) in 21:31 were the only two Arlington junior varsity competitors.
Sophomore Daniel Murray came in 22nd in the freshman/sophomore race in a time of 18:51.
Class of 2010 harrier Jimmy Dix was two places and seconds behind Murray.
Classmate Chase Tucker came in 64th in 20:23, and sophomore Stuart Barbeau was 88th in a time of 20:49.
Head coach Mike Shierk said he was quite pleased with his teams performance.
I think they did really well today, he said They are right where they want to be for this point in the season. Were going to scale back at practice. We will run this same course for divisionals and I want to give the kids fresh legs.
He said he is excited about the potential for qualifying three harriers for 3A state competition.
Kristina was in the top 12 today, which is awesome and I think she has a legitimate shot. I have been trying to follow Paul and Luke to a district spot and I am looking at a pretty realistic chance of a top-10 state finish.

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