Wow! What a great weekend of running at the Grant County Cross Country Invitational! We are extremely excited about how many runners hit their goals for the week and set the bar for the year. Although we were missing some runners due to missing paperwork, absences, and injuries, those that ran had great days and saw the fruits of their labors come together.
In the first race of the day, the Lady Camels pushed out of the gate with solid goals in mind. Sidney Reagor beat her time from last year by 1:17 and pulled in a 5th place finish. It was obvious that with a year of experience under her belt, she is ready to be aggressive and put herself in position to be one of the best in the region. Senior Allison Wendling beat her time from last year by 33 seconds, while Anna Johnson was close behind. In the JV race, Allie Franzen pulled her training together for her 5 K debut, pulling in an 11th place finish and running a time fast enough to be in the team’s #2 position. Junior Vanessa Neiser finished 21st in a race of 163 runners, and in a first time cross country race being in the top 12% is a great feat! Senior Amber Valdez finished her first race in over a year, showing she is on the comeback from her injuries. As a team we didn’t have enough entered for a score, but look forward to next week when we hopefully have our full team ready to go.
Following the girls race, the boys pushed through rising temperatures and had a successful day as well. Bryan Howell led the Camels with a dead on goal time of 19:21 and 47th place finish out of 190 runners. Alex Johnson was 10 second behind and hot on his heels, beating his own time from last year by almost 2 minutes.
Colton Conroy also beat his time from last year by almost 2 minutes as the Camel Trio packed in tightly. In the JV race, Shawn McGrath grabbed the 10th place position, while freshmen Gage Howell and Daniel Chamberlain pushed through their break out race in less than 3 seconds apart.
Toni is the Cross Country and girls Track & Field coach.
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