By Linda and Patrick Miranda | August 31, 2013
Wow! Where do we begin. It was beyond incredible. Absolutely everything was above and beyond our expectations. A big thanks to all of you and your family and friends that came out and supported Race #1 of the Ohio Interscholastic Racing League (OIRL).
First, we had 27 high school racers at the Inaugural OIRL (Ohio Interscholastic Race League) Race at Camp Manatoc on Saturday, August 31, 2013.
Holy Name was well represented with 8 students in attendance in their team kits. Their enthusiasm and team spirit was off the radar. I have attached a few pictures plus I have a video (see below) http://youtu.be/6MZZ5zuuP7Q of the team cheer before the race, which is priceless. All the kids received wonderful swag bags filled with great cycling items. Top three in each class received medals and everyone got a bag of caramel corn. I have attached the results both individual and team points/results. Be proud to be a Namer! As you can see from the results, HN is in first place in both the JV and Varsity divisions. Keep working and attending each race to remain in the top spot.
The level of racing was fast and very, very intense. Each racer was racing at a very high intensity the entire time. The kids we talked to said it was the most fun racing they have ever had. What makes the difference is that the kids just loved racing against their peers, something that you don’t get at a lot of the races since there are not “high school” categories and the kids race with older kids and adults. This is the type of racing commrodiery we were hoping for with the OIRL.
Varsity riders did two laps (8 – 9 miles) and JV riders did one lap (4 – 5 miles). The distances were perfect. HN took home three medals. On the podium for HN were Rebecca Knauss second and Alyssa Zajaczkowski in third in the JV Girls field. Adam Schabel missed the third step of the podium by just 8 seconds coming in 4th place in the JV Boys field. Varsity Girls field put Samantha Miranda in the number one spot. The Varsity Boys field was very competitive with Even Sico being the best place finisher in 8th place followed by Kenton Kamburoff in 11th place and Josh Redhouse in 13th place.
Our next race is Saturday, Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. at Reagan Park in Medina. We will have the results posted on the 331 racing website as well as the USAC website. If anyone needs a team kit yet, please let me know asap. I would hope that if I put an order in tomorrow, I just might have it by Friday of this week.
Again, we are so excited that both the students and faculty of Holy Name have embraced the mountain bike club.