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Arlington runners fill gap at Hole in the Wall
LAKEWOOD Neither the Arlington boys nor girls cross country teams were running at full strength at the Hole in the Wall Invitational at Lakewood High School Oct. 6, but coach Mike Shierk said kids stepped up to help the team.
Senior Sarah Rayner, nursing a foot injury, finished third for the team, keeping pace with freshman Kylie Granado. The duo finished 54th and 55th overall, with Granados 21:08 time edging her teammate by a second.
Further challenging the efforts of the Eagle runners was the absence of senior and usual number-two boys runner Luke Passalacqua to college preparatory exams.
Sophomore Safa Pinkens was the first of the Eagle girls to cross the finish line, finishing the 5k course in 20:55. The time was Pinkens best 5k this year.
Both of our freshman girls, Kylie Granado and Bryna Prause, they both had fabulous races. That helped a lot. Theyve had good ones, and not-so-good ones throughout the season, but I would consider this a good one, Shierk added. Theyre showing improvement on a somewhat challenging course in inclement weather and they stepped up.
Both have dropped more than a minute off their times since Arlington hosted a 5k at River Meadows Park to open the season.
On the boys side, senior Paul Simbeck and sophomore Jimmy Dix were both awarded ribbons for their races. Simbecks 16:57 time was the 13th fastest varsity time out of 187 runners, while Dix, the varsity teams usual fifth runner, ran the freshman/sophomore race instead where he took sixth place.
Our number-one boy, Paul Simbeck, has been running solid all year long, Shierk said.
Simbeck helped lead the Arlington boys to a 12th-place finish out of a field of 27 teams. The girls also took 12th.