The PAC Panthers returned to racing after nearly three weeks to focus on training. The Pelion Invitational has proven to be one of the best meets in the midlands that draws teams from around the state. The course is 3 1 mile loops with grass, asphalt, and sand. The first, second, and final mile are located in the same area so there was no running around trying to catch runners to tell them their times.
The boys were up first on the starting line in a field that included SC #3 Chapin and SC #13 Irmo. Other teams attending the meet included Lexington, Aiken, Fairfield Central, and River Bluff. 21 teams total were present and ready to kick off the final month of the cross country season. The Panthers had taken three weeks off from racing to focus on training and the results paid off with every guy setting a new PR.
Jackson Reinhard led the way again for the Panthers, coming through the first mile in a blazing 4:58 and battling with senior Holden Tutich of Chapin (SC #6) and senior Joshua Mosley of Fairfield Central (SC #18). PAC Senior John Kollmensberger was next for the boys, coming through the first mile in 5:24 and looking strong. Following behind John K was Noah Young in 5:44, Samuel Reed in 5:57, Elijah Greneir in 5:59, John McPherson in 6:14, Benson Ryan in 6:21, Tyler Seay in 6:22, and Ian Hunter in 6:52.
When the group came back around for the 2nd mile, Jackson was pulling slightly ahead with a 2 mile time of 10:02 (5:04) with Tutich and Mosley close behind. They shot up a short hill before a long, gentle descent at the edge of the school grounds. John K had a rough second mile, coming through in 11:26 (6:02). The next runners to come through the second mile were Noah and Sam. Noah came through in 11:52 (6:08) with Sam right on him at 11:53 (5:56). Elijah followed them, coming through in 12:15 (6:15). John M hit the two mile mark at 12:42 (6:28). A big surprise came from Tyler Seay, running the race of his young life. He crossed the second mile line in 13:10 (6:47), just ahead of Benson Ryan in 13:16 (6:54). Ian Hunter made the two mile mark in 15:52 (9:00).
Coming into the finish line, Jackson was in a tight battle with Chapin’s Holden Tutich. Jackson made a move to take the lead with 250 meters left and Tutich responded with a stronger kick. Reinhard crossed the finish line in second place, just 2.5 seconds behind the Chapin senior. Jackson’s time of 15:48 is a personal best by 1:13 and establishes a new PAC XC record. Next across the line for PAC was senior John K, setting a new PR of 18:26, dropping it by 24 seconds. Coming in third for the Panther boys was team wild card, Samuel Reed. He lowered his season best by 1:45 and his PR by 51 seconds. He crossed the line in 18:54, marking his first sub 19 5k. Crossing the line 4th was Noah Young in 19:20. Noah broke his PR by 37 seconds. Elijah wasn’t far behind as the fifth PAC boy across the line in 19:34. Not only was this a 29 second PR, this marked the first time Elijah has run under 20 minutes for a 5k. Also setting PRs on the day were John M (20:07), Tyler Seay (21:13), Benson Ryan (21:26), and Ian Hunter (27:51).
The PAC men took 5th overall just 19 points behind 4th place Aiken and 18 points ahead of Fairfield Central in 6th.
The ladies race was next for PAC with runners toeing the line for the Panthers. Emma Deason and Arlie Knight lead the way for the Panther girls today, running side by side through the entirety of the race. Their goal for today was to PR and break 25 minutes for the first time. Emma and Arlie came through the first mile in 7:42 and looked good on their way to the second mile. Returning from a calf injury, Emily Mason was third for the girls at the one mile in 8:06. Not far behind was Charlotte Kreisel at 8:30 for the first mile.
Coming through to the second mile, Emma and Arlie were still together and crossed the line in 16:08. They had run their second mile in 8:26. Emma’s face was nothing but concentration while Arlie was just smiling as she went by. Emily looked strong as she rolled through the second mile in 17:00. Her second mile was 8:53. Charlotte hit the two mile line in 17:48, making her second one mile time 9:18.
Coming into the finish line first for the PAC girls was Emma Deason in a season best 25:32. Arlie Knight hit a big 57 second PR, crossing the line in 25:39. Emily Mason ran a season best 26:38. Charlotte Kresiel crossed the finish line in 28:28. The girls did not have enough runners to score at this meet.
The next race on the schedule for PAC is the Coaches Classic in Newberry on Oct 9, 2021.
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