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Even though there has not been much of an outdoor season, the Shockwaves have been searching high and low for small competitions and creating their own meets. The mile was the focus of this season as it was the distance of two of the competitions. On July 4th, the Shockwaves hosted the July 4th Firecracker Miracle Mile in along the lakefront in Kenosha. Starting near the Kemper Center and running to Eichelman Park, the athletes raced their hearts out to secure either first overall, first to the quarter mile, or to find the flags hidden along the course. The Shockwaves ran hard and set themselves up for some phenomenal times in future races. Several Shockwaves competed the next day in the Illinois Rush Invite. They had a couple PRs, several 1st place wins and every shockwaves runner earned a top three placing with shiny medal to boot! Terrific efforts were from the following Shockwaves: Ezekiel, Bendicio’n, Lorelai, Grace, Izzy, AJ, Caughnery, and James T. Kirk! On July 10th, Shockwaves hosted an inter-squad relay mini-meet. Family members of the Shockwaves were encouraged making this truly a bonding event. We had runners from as young as 3 to high school age all competing together in teams. The highlight of the event was the donut hole mile, in which the athletes had to chew and swallow a donut hole prior to running their leg. Shockwaves also ran the Wisco mile. This community event celebrated its 12th year. Held on the Wisconsin Lutheran Track, this event has relays including the 4x100, mixed distance. The premier event, however, is the mile. The Shockwaves had athletes in the girls and boys middle school mile, mixed community mile (including a coach), and the community 5000 (a brave parent). It was a hot, humid and even windy evening of running and every Shockwaves runner who stepped on the line to start and gutted their way across the finish should be proud of a challenge accepted and conquered! Along the way, there were many stellar performances including PR performances by the following Shockwaves: Caughnery- 4:59 Owen – 6:23 Blaise – 7:08 Nathan- 7:10 Johnny – 7:22 Tanner – 7:45 Several other Shockwaves had terrific races but not quite PR performances. James - - 6:20 Grace - 6:36 Lorelai - 6:38 Coach Todd – 6:55 (5 seconds under goal time!) Santi – 7:09 Nathan – 7:10 Bendicion – 7:36 The hardest worker of the night, however, was Martha “cookie” who ran the 5000m well into the 9 o’clock hour last night…finishing with a time of 30:37! Way to go Martha!!! There is one more meet on the horizon for the outdoor track season (fingers crossed) and then the Shockwaves will take a tiny break and start training for Cross Country. Shockwaves is a youth track and field XC club that is open to all abilities. They welcome athletes school age through high school. Core to their philosophy is that the Shockwaves are not just a team, but a family. The coaches pay close attention to each athlete and make sure that they are being challenged appropriately for their age and current running ability

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