The weather in Wisconsin is persnickety, but that does not stop the Shockwaves from practicing and finding opportunities to complete. This past month you could find these dedicated athletes running the loops on the roads, circles on the track and riding laps in the velodrome to work on their endurance, explosive power, and technique for their upcoming track meets.
Due to the fact that March is just the beginning of the track season, there were only a few opportunities to compete, but that does not mean they were not memorable.
On April 3rd, several Shockwaves toed the line at the April Fools 4K in Nashotah, WI finding it hard to cut ties with their cross country running. AJ took 1st overall in the 4k event and Lorelai was the 1st overall female. Tommy O and Bendicio’n had stellar performances finishing 7th and 10th overall respectively. Coach Shannon also “did the lime green proud” with her 2nd place Age Group win. Caughnery was able to finally test out his legs after being benched for 6 weeks and was excited to get his heart and legs pumping again. Team parent, Martha got her distance in running the 12K!
April 10th, the Shockwaves traveled to Hartland for an early outdoor meet. For some it was their first time racing on the oval, for others it was a test to determine current fitness and future goals. In the boys 13 and under 100m dash, Riley broke the ice with his blazing 13.1 second time placing third and Ezekiel was smoking with his time of 16.3 seconds placing 4th.
The 200 meter was one of the most popular events for the male Shocwaves with Riley, Bendicio’n, Keegan, and Ezekiel all running the 13 and under event. Riley placed 2nd with a time of 30.1 seconds. Bendicio’n was 3rd with a 38.5. Keegan was 4th with his time of 39.2 and Ezekiel, the youngest Shockwave, placed 5th with a time of 42 seconds.
The 400 was the next event and Lorelai was the only female Shockwave to run. Her time of 1:22.2 minutes placed her third in this challenging event. Eight male Shockwaves were willing to test their grit running a full lap around the track. In the 13 and under category, AJ took first overall with a time of 59.9 seconds. Declan took 2nd with a time of 1:19.9. Tyler B was 3rd with a time of 1:22.3. Bendicio’n came in 4th with his time of 1:28.6. Keegan took 5th (1;35.4) and Ezekiel took 7th (1:43.7) Jaylen was the lone 14 to 18 age group Shockwave, but he held his own against the competition, running a 1:02.0 The surprise athlete in this event was Coach Nick, who ran in the first heat. He threw down 1:02.1 winning the 19 and over age group and setting the bar high for the others.
In the 800, Grace and Lorelai took 1st and 2nd in the 13 and under age group with their times of 2:52.0 and 2:57.3 respectively. The 13 and under category for the boys 800 was dominated by lime green as well with AJ winning the age group with his time of 2:23.4. Tommy O was second with his time of 2:50.0. Tyler B took 3rd with a 3:08.5 and Declan was 4th with a 3:09.8. Bendicio’n took 5th with his time of 3:20.6. Jaylen placed second in the 14-18 year old age group with his time of 2:40.7 making others take notice of the lime green.
On April 17th, Shockwaves got their long-distance groove back at the Run from the Taxman event. In the 5K event, Lorelai ran like she owed the taxman quite a large sum of money earning the 1st female and 4th overall position. Bendicio’n also was not in any mood to give him any cash placing 4th in his age group. Coach Shannon told the tax man some choice words (and the hills too) running strong throughout the event. The Shockwaves also had two distance divas running the 10K. Grace showed her tenacity placing 1st in her age group and parent Martha showed her grit as well placing 3rd in hers.