Oak Glen’s Allison, Arner place first | Information, Sports activities, Jobs
MARTINS FERRY — Loads of apply and coaching are mandatory elements to athletic success.
However, sooner or later, there comes a time when an athlete desires to compete in opposition to others to see how and the place they stack up.
Oak Glen juniors Konnor Allison and Sophia Arner had been chomping on the bit for that likelihood mainly since final cross nation season. As distance runners, they’ve mainly been relegated to logging mile after mile on the roads since observe season was canceled and the vast majority of the summer season highway races had been referred to as off because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each, nonetheless, made essentially the most of their alternative to place the uniform on and race Saturday morning on the annual Martins Ferry Invitational. Allison crossed the end line in 17:16.50 to win the boys title, whereas Arner posted a 21:28 for the primary victory of her operating profession.
Oak Glen completed second within the boys crew race to the host Purple Riders, whereas the women captured the crew title with 59 factors.
Group and particular person locations apart, each Allison and Arner had been simply glad to be competing.
“It felt good to lastly get to race after placing in all the work,” Allison stated. “Not having a observe season was powerful, so it felt good to be again out right here (Saturday).”
“It was nice to be (racing) once more. I really feel actually good when it comes to my coaching and all the things,” Arner stated.
Allison led the race wire-to-wire and by no means was considerably challenged. Principally, he ran by himself, which was just like his lengthy runs in the course of the spring and summer season months.
“I cruised the final mile-and-a-half since I didn’t have anybody to run with,” Allison stated. “I’ve been centered on cross nation since observe obtained canceled, and I simply needed to verify I had a superb summer season of coaching in to be prepared and it began to repay at the moment.”
Whereas Ohio has been competing for greater than per week, Saturday was opening day for the Mountain State.
And, now that it’s right here, Allison is working towards the targets he’s laid out for himself.
“I’m positively going to attempt to win the OVACs, and I’m making an attempt to get prime 5 within the state,” Allison stated. “I’m in the most effective form of my life, and I really feel totally different than I did final yr.”
Allison stated he was “assured” that cross nation would happen this season. Had there not been a season, Allison would have competed someplace, by some means.
“We’d have discovered 5Ks or one thing to race in,” Allison stated.
Arner, in the meantime, was disenchanted about observe season, however she didn’t sulk.
“I educated all through with cross nation in thoughts,” she stated. “We had been nonetheless somewhat skeptical that we’d actually have a season simply up to a couple weeks in the past. Our coach has instructed us to run each race prefer it’s your final one since you by no means know what’s going to occur with all of this (COVID) stuff.”
It was concerning the halfway level of the race the place Arner started to tug away from Martins Ferry’s Josie Hancock and Indian Creek’s Madison Conrad, who completed second and third, respectively.
“We’d by no means ran right here earlier than, so I attempted to preserve (power) early as a result of I had heard there was a hill early within the course,” Arner stated. “Getting the win is nice. I’m very pleased with the way it went.”
Neither Allison nor Arner went into Saturday’s meet completely devoid of compeition. Every managed to run competitively a number of occasions this summer season, however the alternatives had been few and much between.
Each competed in a 15K highway race in addition to a number of time trials. Allison additionally stated he ran a 5K in Weirton.
“That 15K was enjoyable and funky,” Arner stated. “I felt ready.”
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