"Mistakes were made..."
That was my response when I took a look at my results from the first week of the fantasy cross country season. Coming in as the preseason low-scorer in regards to preseason rankings, I felt confident about my boys. But one thing I neglected to do was put in the fastest 5K in the state last week into my lineup. Ryan Flood rode the bench as three of my boys failed to record times (Carson Sanders is sidelined with an injury, Gabe McClain was sat out of Grain Valley, Ryan Riddle did not record a time -- that we have seen --, and we're still waiting on results from the Jackson Invite and Ean Buffington.) Had I have started Flood, he would have gotten me a 10 spot and vaulted me to at least 7th, pushing close to 6th. Instead, Isaac Ashton's 17:04 was my top time this week... Thus, my start to the season was not ideal.
But, in a week that included some blazing fast 2 Miles, some teams were helped out immensely by the decision to convert the 2 Mile times into equivalent 5K's. As a result, Max McDaniel was the low-man of the week as his 9:49 at Fleet Feet Arnold converted to a 15:23. In fact, many of the fastest times on the week were converted 2 Mile's. Tyler Rodvelt was the fastest actual 5K (on an active roster) as he went 16:24 at Lutheran North. Team Wang was the run-away winner this week with 53 points. He benefited from solid performances out of his two Rockhurst boys and Lafayette's Nassim Oufattole. Team Spe's McDaniel pick at 4th overall paid off for him and Ben Burnett and Nathan Reed also turned in solid converted 2 Mile times. These point totals will be tallied up throughout the season as it is reverse scored in a track-style. Results could also change once the Jackson Invite results are received. You can see how it all shook out below:
|11||Tyler Rodvelt||16.24||Rubin/ Hoffman||11|
|17||Cole Biesemeyer||16.52||Rubin/ Hoffman||17|
|19||C. Palmer||17.00||Rubin/ Hoffman||19|
|20||Alex Dukes||17.00||Rubin/ Hoffman||20|
|34||Mac Redohl||19.11||Rubin/ Hoffman||34|
Roster moves also took place between Sunday and Tuesday. Here are the updated rosters heading into Week 2 (added athletes are italicized):