The Camels Cross Country Teams definitely started the weekend off right with some solid performances at the Trimble County Backwoods Invitational Saturday. Many runners beat their goal times with help from great temps and hard work.
The boys started the day and set the stage for some fast mile splits. Christian Slone got out of the gate strong and maintained his 2nd place hold for the entire race. Sophomore Jordan Hartig placed 7th, used his year of experience, and beat his time from last year’s meet by over 1 minute, followed closely by Freshman Noah Slone who placed 11th, just one place from an individual award. Freshman Adam Ruschman established himself as a competitor for a position in the Camel scoring pack in 26th, followed by Anthony Ronnebaum and Senior Alex Johnson who, after a year off of running, came out for a solid return. Our 1-5 split was at 3:26, which is a little high, but with some added speed can be dropped. Overall the boys finished 3rd, just ONE point from region rival Dixie in 2nd. It was exciting to see the pack mentality at play and younger Camels stepping up to cover some needed ground.
The Lady Camels stepped up to the line next, eager to put the past few weeks of hard week to the test. Sidney Reagor tried a steady approach from the line that served her well as she worked on chipping away at the leading regional runner from SK. Finishing second in the race, and just 18 seconds back, she set the groundwork for the next match-up. Allie Franzen once again ran consistent miles and earned an eighth place finish, and new-comer Abbie Loesch follwed right on her heels in ninth. Having three ladies in the top 10 at our first meet is an exciting prediction of the great things to come this season. Devan Carrigan and Sophie Loesch rounded out the scoring positions for the Lady Camels, both with strong finishes and determined strides. Our 1-5 split sits at 3:46, which like the boys, can be dropped with time. The Ladies finished 2nd, just TWO points from the winning team.
With determination and perseverance, both Camel Teams will no doubt be earning state berths at the end of the season!
Toni is the Cross Country and girls Track & Field coach.
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