Saturday was a typical fall day with overcast skies, cool breeze, and sometimes shorts burst of rain.
As the girls took the line, they had specific goals in mind and worked to attack the hills always found on a Grant County course. Sidney Reagor set out hard to keep with the tight front pack that has defined girls Region 4 races all season. She finished with a hard-won 4th place, solidifying a state qualifying position. Freshman Allie Franzen finished her inaugural season just 2 places from qualifying for state, proving that with some experience under her belt, next year she will be a contender. Vanessa Neiser ran her most focused and intense race of the season, followed by Senior Allison Wendling and Sophomore Paxton Glenn. Senior Amber Valdez ran a season best time finishing with on a high note.
As the boys stepped up to the line, a slight rain began to fall, but the Camels were ready to take on the toughest mix of regional teams in years. In a tight competition where predictions put just 15 points between 1st place and 5th place, the Camels ran hard. Shawn McGrath finished first for the Camels and 18th overall. He clinched a qualifying position and looks to run his best time at the State meet next weekend. Colton Conroy followed, only 4 spots from a state position, and Junior Bryan Howell, Sophomore Alex Johnson, and Junior Tony Schwarberg rounded out the Camels top 5. Freshmen Daniel Chamberlain and Noah Franzen were just shy of personal bests. Unfortunately, the Camels just missed qualifying as a team for state by two places. While facing a loss sometimes in competition can be tough, with a young team we look to return the full starting 5 next year and be tougher and faster. The Camels had a great year of broken personal records, intense team workouts, and bonded team spirit that made us proud to be part of their team.
Toni is the Cross Country and girls Track & Field coach.
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