Lovik wins at Elmira

At the Elmira Country Fair Classic, John Lovik won his first race of the year, despite a stitch in his side that slowed him a little in the race. On the girls side, Megan Snow set a lifetime PR in finishing seventh in the race.

Neither the boys or the girls were able to field complete varsity teams, so they did not figure in the scoring of the 16 team meet.

Lovik ran a smart race on the fast flat and dry course, much different from the wet conditions of their own invitational the week before. Instead of going immediately for the lead, he settled into fifth place with a first mile of 5:05. He nearly matched that with a second mile of 5:08, which gave him a five second lead. In the end, he won the race by six seconds.

Aaron Lovik and Tyler Kistner ran close together, markedly improving their races compared with the rest of the field. Ryan Sipe also improved his pace from previous meets. Peter Vanderlip finished 9th in the JV race and showed the capability of vying for a spot on the varsity roster.

Snow, much the opposite of Lovik, tried to gain an advantage with a quick pace at the beginning in her 6:27 first mile. She paid a small price for it in the middle of the race but came back to gain three places in the last mile on her way to her lifetime best. Katie Barr and Stephanie Kragness ran well in their first 5K races as members of the varsity team, but some girls have dropped out of the program, which will make it difficult for the girls to field a full team this year.

(See complete results in the Scoreboard)