“Running is not, as it so often seems, only about what you did in your last race or about how many miles you ran last week. It is, in a much more important way, about community, about appreciating all the miles run by other runners, too.”
This fits our team to a T.
In our first goal-setting meeting of the year, our Running Camels set individual time goals, and the team goal of qualifying for state. We revisited these goals every week before our meets and refocused on the strategies that would prepare us for that moment. This Saturday, both the boys and girls cross country teams met that goal head on as they lined up on the KHSAA 3A Championship Meet starting line. It was a proud moment to be at the start of each race with a full team on the line for the first time in 6 years.
In the girls race, Sidney Reagor started hard out of the gate with a strong first mile, and finished with the Camels one spot and fought through to the finish. Allie Franzen once again claimed the Camels two-spot. Not far behind were Freshman Savannah Krift and Junior Beam Kumkerd who both finished the season with Season and Personal Record times! Noel Slone was close behind and Freshman Sophie Loesch followed her, also with a personal record time. Devan Carrigan rounded out the Lady Camels state squad, which brought in a 25th place of 36 scoring teams.
In the boys race, Christian Slone fought through a tough upper pack and finished as the Camels first scorer. Freshman Noah Slone held on to the Camel number 2 spot, while Jordan Hartig finished in the Camels number 3 spot. Colton Conroy was extremely close to his personal record, and Anthony Ronnebaum was less than 30 seconds behind. Freshman Brennan Perkins was on his heels only 7 seconds behind, and Corey Robinson topped off the Camels. The boys finished in 20th of 36 scoring teams, and set the stage for a strong return next year.
The future is bright. Compared to our region competition, both of our teams are two of the youngest in the field, with the boys especially younger than any of the teams that beat us.
Great season Camels!
Toni is the Cross Country and girls Track & Field coach.
Connect with Toni at firstname.lastname@example.org