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Eutectic cross country head coach David Baker assembles the team for practices the week before classes begin in August. The six or seven meets on the schedule are held on weekends. The conference championship takes place in November.
Affolder, Lidy, Pan Lead the Euts at AMC Championships
|Seniors Yang Pan and James Lidy
Photo by Jonathan Street.
On a bitter cold afternoon, with 30 mph winds, the Eutectic cross country teams competed in their first American Midwest Conference championship. With an anticipated increase in the level of competition, the Eutectic team went to work. When it was all said and done, the Euts walked away with two first-team all-conference runners, a national qualifier, and said good bye to three seniors.
"It was a pretty emotional morning,” said head coach David Baker. “I thanked Yang, James, and Bethany for being such leaders on our team and wished them the best of luck to finish their cross country careers on a high note. I could tell it got everyone a little pumped up to focus on the seniors."
The three seniors all had season-best times, which, under the conditions, was phenomenal. With the cold and wind, most conference runners saw their finishing times more than a minute off their season best.
"I shared a special hug and cry session with Beth and a number of our runners when she finished. That's what it's all about as a coach," Baker added.
Baker was pleased with how the Eutectic men competed. First-year Murphy Affolder finished 15th overall in a time of 28:36, just six seconds off his season’s best.
"If you put his performance today on a fast course on a nice day, he easily breaks 28:00 and pushes the 27- minute mark," said Baker.
Affolder stuck with the plan to go out controlled and to then work his way up. At the mile mark, he was running around 30th place or higher, and moved up steadily for the next three miles. In the end, he just couldn't make up all the distance.
"Murphy ran great for 6k all year and then died. It was great to see him have a complete race today,” added Baker. “I know he was excited and I hope it opens his eyes up to his potential."
Photo by Jonathan Street.
Affolder would finish as the third-fastest freshman in the field. James Lidy, Yang Pan, and Fred Jaeger would run as a pack for most of the race. Lidy and Pan both broke 30:00 and likely would have gone well under the 29 minute mark on a nicer day. Fred Jaeger finished just behind in 30:10. Alex Rybolt would round out the Eutectic men’s top-five. The Euts finished sixth overall in their AMC debut.
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