Going into Saturday’s meet at Grant County we were prepared for a monsoon, and perhaps a swim meet, however the weather turned out much better than we anticipated. Despite a few muddy and sloppy spots, the Camels ran well. In the first race of the day, the Lady Camels got out strong. Sidney Reagor fought a tough pack of Ursaline Academy runners and finished 8th overall in a competitive front end. Gracie Florimonte made her cross country debut and showed that with experience, she will be a contender as well. Hot on her heels and reeling in was Allie Franzen, whose confidence in her consistent pacing continues to push her higher in the pack. Devan Carrigan ran more consistent miles and with just a little more speed, should close the gap with her teammates. Freshmen Savannah Krift and Sophie Loesch continue to improve with each race experience and are sure to be contenders as the season progresses. As the Lady Camels focused more on packing it up, the team saw a huge jump with a 3rd place finish (Ursaline Academy only technically scored one team, not two), beating teams that edged them last week, and putting them in the lead of our region competitors. This is the highest finish in a meet this size for our ladies in many years, adding another level of excitement as we fight for a state berth this year.
In the boys race, a misty sprinkle set in, adding some interesting footing for the runners. Pretty much from the gun, Christian Slone once again led the Camels finishing strong in 9th place in a full 150 runner race. Jordan Hartig was the Camels’ two man, with Freshman Noah Slone right behind him with a 31-32 place finish. Anthony Ronnebaum, Brennan Perkins, and Adam Ruschman stepped up to cover a gap left by an injured teammate, and formed a tight pack rounding out the score for the team. These three include a sophomore and two freshmen who are adding some much needed depth to the Camels team. The boys finished 8th of 20 scoring teams, and 3rd among regional competition. Although the course was slippery, it was a successful day for both Camel teams and all runners as we tuck more experience under out belts and continue chipping away at top bids to state.
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