The girls varsity ran first, proving that the course was no match for the team. Abby Grater finished in 2nd place, with a time of 21:39.84. Behind Abby was Emily Lewis, finishing in 3rd place with a with a time of 22:52.32. Lucy Roth finished right behind Emily in 4th place, with a time of 22:57.70. Hannah Kruse came in with a time of 25:13.06, finishing in 8th place. Natalie Hoerstkamp was behind Hannah, with a time of 27:22.46, finishing in 13th. All the girls received a medal, and their entire team qualified for state.
The varsity boys ran after the girls. Dominick Pataky, received 1st place, with a time of 17:52.46. Behind Dominick was Nathan Ford finishing 2nd, with a time of 18:18.61. Dylan Goodwin finished in 4th place with a time of 18:29.78. In 5th place was Jon Stone, with a time of 18:43.79. Keven McDowell finished in 7th with a time of 18:56.29. Cole Lensing finished 9th, with a time of 19:11.42. Kyle Brumels finished a second behind Cole in 10th place, with a time of 19:12.02. All the varsity boys finished in the top ten, all receiving medals, and the entire team qualified for state. “I just felt like I could open up, and nothing could stop me,” stated Dominick Pataky. “State is going to be a challenge, but I plan to run my hardest.”
“The real challenge is next weekend, at state,” stated Mr. Tucker after the varsity boys finished the race. “We need to keep that in mind this week and practice hard.” The runners will be running in the Jefferson City area on Saturday for state.
-by Alex Madden