This course takes on the shape of a hand from an aerial view on a golf course. It is one of the flattest courses the cross country team runs on, with a short dip and hill in the back side of the course. The last time the cross country team ran in Owensville, the course was destroyed, covered in mud and water. This time, the course officials had the course free of the mud,and holes from the last meet there, which could’ve made this course much more of a challenge.
The varsity boys ran first for the cross country team. They finished 3rd as a team, behind Owensville and Pacific. Nathan Ford finished first for the boys, being the only runner to get a medal and finish all conference for the varsity boys. Behind Nathan were Dominick Pataky, Keven McDowell, Jon Stone, Cole Lensing, Dylan Goodwin, and Ryan Blankenship. The varsity team will be changing due to how well runners ran at this meet. Other runners will be moved up to varsity due to their amazing feats at Owensville.
After the race Dominick came to the tent and said, “Well, I just ripped my shoes all the way down the side.” Dominick wasn’t too happy about destroying his good pair of spikes on this course, but he said now he has a reason to get new shoes. “Good thing I already had a new pair on its way in the mail.”
The Varsity girls also ran really well in Owensville. Abby Grater finished first for the girls, receiving a 7th place medal and all conference. Behind Abby was Emily Lewis, Lucy Roth, and Hannah Kruse. The girls didn’t place as a team because they only had four runners for this course.
The junior varsity boys ran just as hard as everyone else. Kyle Brumels finished first for the junior varsity boys, receiving a medal and finishing all conference. Behind Kyle was Riley Otten, Alex Madden, Bubba Gale, Alex Majors, Drew Armfield, and Robbie Cichon. The boys finished 4th as a team, tied with Pacific.
Everyone pushed for their best times at this course, and it proved to be quite challenging. “I know we can make it through districts and to state if we run like we have been running,” said Mr. Tucker. He is confident in his team’s skills and is looking forward to districts.
-by Alex Madden