Portage Invitational Meet Write Up & Results

This meet’s “Write Up” was written by Coach Nate, who deserves a big shout out and did a marvelous job with taking care of the boys at the meet and making sure the guys raced well!

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After a week off from competition following SEC Jamboree #2, the Skyline Men’s Cross Country

Team was back on the course at the Portage Invitational. With beautiful weather, a fast course,

and a massive 41-team field consisting of many of the state’s top-ranked teams, adrenaline was

pumping and all the boys were ready for action. Conditions were perfect for fast times, and the

team went into this meet looking to make big strides toward their end-of-season goals. The final

result was likely the finest day in Skyline men’s cross country history, with six of the seven

Skyline runners in the varsity race and every single competitor donning Columbia Blue in the

reserve race setting new PRs! This is a truly unprecedented feat, and all the boys deserve

congratulations for their amazing efforts. Way to go, guys!

The Varsity race saw a very fast start, and the boys responded accordingly, with all seven

Skyline runners passing the one mile mark between 5:03 and 5:21. Despite the fast early pace,

they had no trouble hanging with their competitors, finishing 10th place as a team and setting

some records along the way. Leading the way for the Eagles was Anthony Giannobile (14th,

15:58 *PR*), who became only the second runner in Skyline history to break the 16-minute

barrier! Anthony now ranks #2 on Skyline’s all-time cross country record board. In this race, he

also broke into the individual awards standings by placing inside the top 50 competitors, and

took home a medal for his efforts. Awesome job, Anthony! The next finisher for Skyline was

Tristan Williams (51st, 16:30 *PR*), who shattered the 17-minute barrier by 30 seconds in just

his fourth high school cross country race, missing the individual awards by a single place in the

process. Tristan’s performance is the fastest ever turned in by a freshman in Skyline history, and

it puts him at #4 on Skyline’s all-time list. Shortly following Tristan’s finish, Zach Reynolds

(107th, 16:56 *PR*) and Justin Michele (109th, 16:57 *PR*) came in together, both posting huge

PRs and dipping under 17 minutes for the first time. Zach and Justin’s performances vaulted

them both into Skyline Men’s Cross Country’s all-time top ten, ranking #9 and #10, respectively!

Soon after, Conor Donnelly (124th, 17:04) crossed the line. Conor had high hopes for this race

and was running with Anthony early on, but he faded in the second half of the race. Conor was

visibly disappointed after the race, but despite the end result, we all know he is a tough

competitor and he will definitely bounce back soon. Rounding out the seven Skyline varsity

runners were Liam Smith (158th, 17:22 *PR*) and Jesse Edelstein (180th, 17:33 *PR*). Liam

and Jesse finished side by side right at 18:00 in the reserve race at SEC Jamboree #2 and were

called up to the varsity lineup this week. They both rose to the occasion by crushing the 18-

minute mark for the first time! All in all, the Eagles earned a 10th place team finish in a strong

41-team field! Skyline had all seven varsity runners well under 18 minutes, four of whom were

under 17 minutes, and we saw four of the top ten all-time Skyline performances in a single

meet! With Conor’s PR ranking him #3 all-time for Skyline, half of Skyline’s all-time top ten (2, 3,

4, 9, 10) are members of this year’s team!

No doubt inspired by the varsity lineup’s excellent performance, Skyline’s Reserve runners made

it a race to remember. Each and every Skyline runner in the reserve race ran a PR, with several

cutting off a minute or more from their best times! Yes, you read that right! Not a single Skyline

runner in the reserve race came away from Portage without a new PR! Leading the way for the

Eagles was Garrett Peck (29th, 17:37 *PR*), followed shortly after by Jacob Thomas (34th,

17:40 *PR*), Cooper Klein-Kassab (47th, 17:50 *PR*), and Ben Shotwell (52nd, 17:51 *PR*).

Garrett, Cooper, and Ben all broke the 18-minute barrier for the first time in their careers, and

Jacob did so for the second time in his career and the first time this season! In addition, Garrett,

Jacob, and Cooper all cracked the top 50 to earn an individual medal! Sabir Islam (18:19 *PR*),

Keegan Oldani (18:27 *PR*), Shreeman Nimmagadda (18:44 *PR*), Brian York (18:52 *PR*),

and AJ Cloutier (18:55 *PR*) all finished under 19 minutes. Alejandro DeKeyzer (19:27 *PR*)

ran a huge PR to break the 20-minute barrier for the first time, giving Skyline a total of ten

runners under 20 minutes in the reserve race! Dylan Reynolds (20:07 *PR*) cut a few seconds

off his PR to get that much closer to entering the sub-20 club. He was joined under the 21-

minute mark by Daniel York (20:24 *PR*), Yunfei Ma (20:28 *PR*), and Collin Van Loo (20:37

*PR*). We also saw huge PRs from Wayne Wang (21:32 *PR*), and Colbert Lu (24:09 *PR*), and

Gavin White (24:44) rounded out the competitors for Skyline.

When the dust settled, the Skyline men’s cross country team came away with 23 new PRs, five

of which were by over a minute, four individual medalists, a 10th place varsity team finish, an

unofficial 7th place team finish in the reserve race, and several new entries into the Skyline High

School record books. It was truly an amazing day for the entire squad, and it is incredibly hard

to ask for much more from a team. This meet is certainly a highlight in Skyline cross country

history, and it bodes extremely well for the second half of the season and the future of the

program. A big congratulations to everyone who competed at the Portage Invitational! Go

Eagles!

PRs by over one minute:

Colbert Lu: 24:09, PR -2:13

Gavin White: 24:44, PR -1:50

Collin Van Loo: 20:37, PR -1:07

Wayne Wang: 21:32, PR -1:04

AJ Cloutier: 18:55, PR -1:03

Performances of the meet goes to the following:

a) Anthony Giannobile – 15:58, PR -0:39, 14th place overall, 3rd soph in the race, #1 soph in

Skyline history, #2 all-time in Skyline history.

b) Colbert Lu – 24:09, cutting a whopping 2:13 off his PR

c) The entire team, because 22 of 24 competitors ran PRs, 15 by over 30 seconds, 5 by over a

minute, one by over 2 minutes!

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