Although we started out damp and chilly on Saturday at the Franklin County Invitational in Lexington, the day definitely had many bright spots!
In girls varsity, Jennah Flairty continued her rush through the top of the pack with a 7th place finish on the state meet course in a race of 224 runners. Anna Johnson and Amber Valdez also continued their run of improvement as they again beat their time from last year by minutes! Allison Wendling continues her push through recurring shin issues but with her determination, she is sure to see her times drop again soon. Jordan Miller continues her downward spiral in times as she consistently beats her previous times in every workout and meet this year, hard work pays off!
In Boys Varsity, Mark Chaplin got his best start yet this year, which pulled him to an 8th place finish in a field of 273 runners. The the next pack of Camel runners, led by Freshman Joey McGrath, came through just 1:21 after him with a tightly woven group where the 2-5 split was 39 seconds. The group of Peter Glenn, Kevin Lackey, and Jared Neiser, rounded out the top 5 showing great improvement in placing within the race. Together, they put together a 1-5 split of exactly 2:00, their best yet. Ian Franzen and Thomas Comer followed right on their heels, pushing for a top 5 position. With our tight pack slowly moving closer to our lead runner, the Camels are in major contention for the regional crown in November.
In the Girls JV race, Halen Stephens, Emily Steele and Alicia Setty each logged their second cross country race ever and showed great strides of improvements as they figure out the pacing of the distance race. Look for great things from this trio as they gain experience and learn how to push!
In the boys JV race, Bryan Howell placed 37th and Parker Younse placed 39th in a race of 211 runners. Anthony Schwarberg, Jarrod Manser, and Jacob Verst all showed great improvements on their times as they adjust to the cross country distance. Grant Combs continues to improve his times from last year and Doug Carson rounded out the Camel team.
Nice job to all ran Saturday, even with the crazy weather early in the morning, everyone stayed positive!
Toni is the Cross Country and girls Track & Field coach.
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