Camdenton sent three runners to the Class 4 Sectional 3 race at Nixa on Saturday with a trip to the state meet on the line and all three Lakers came up short in the bid for state.
Camdenton senior Garrett Mason and junior Jake Thoenen took on a field of 76 runners and by the time they crossed the finish line of the 3.1 mile course, Mason was 43rd with a time of 17:30.2 and Thoenen was 47th with a time of 17:37.
Camdenton coach David Weber noted that both runners were in good position early as Mason was hovering around 25th place near the one-mile mark while Thoenen was in the mid 30s with the top 30 runners earning a spot at state. However, it was a fast race from the start.
“Garrett ran 5:01 for the first mile and Jake was around 5:11. I think going that hard so early hurt them as it did many others,” Weber said of the race. “The overall times of most kids in the race were slower than normal and I think for our kids, it was that really fast pace that put them in a bit of oxygen debt. Through most of the race, I could see that they were not going to recover from that first mile.”
Mason was looking to earn his second straight trip to state and Thoenen was hoping to become a state qualifier for the first time, but Weber was glad to see both runners have that opportunity in the first place.
“It was not the results we were looking for, but I was pleased they got to sectionals and at least gave it their best shot of getting through,” the coach said. “Garrett finished his career with us and I will always be grateful for the impact he had on others and the wonderful relationships he made along the way.”
Meanwhile, Skyler Sweezor was in action as well in her second straight sectional race and the senior finished 68th with a time of 22:25.6 amongst a field of 76 in what Weber noted was a tough race.
“Going into the race we knew it would be difficult for her to advance because of the speed in the race. The top three teams in the state were at our sectionals, which was pretty tough to say the least,” he said. “Skyler has been nursing a foot injury all season and also had some breathing issues to deal with. That being said, she did go out hard but we both realized by mid-race that today was not going to be the day.”
In what proved to be Sweezor’s final race as a Laker, Weber noted there was going to be plenty to miss about the senior.
“Skyler is a great kid and we are going to miss her positive attitude. She has done well in just two years of running and she should be proud of her accomplishments,” the coach remarked.
This season may be over, but it will not be long before the road to 2019 begins.