Posted Date: 09/27/2021
This week’s meet was the one where with every step you take you get a patch full of stickers stuck to your shoe and maybe a cactus needle or two. Along with that, you’ll want to keep a watch out for snakes, one girl saying she almost stepped on one. This course has many long uphills and downhills forcing the runners to test their limits and see how far they can truly go. Overall the meet went well, ending with medals for everyone and many shoes full of stickers.
This year, they once again had the high school girls and boys run first, starting with the girls. Chesney Peterson and Suzanne Farnham took the lead, placing a gap between each other and the following girls. A little ways back we once again had our group of girls, Belle Batterton, Kenzington Nairn, Kourtney Hudgens, and Lexy Martinez. Then running for our JV girls, Kadence Hudgens and Cassandra Aleman, were working together in a pack of their own. As we continued through the race, the group split apart and Kenzington rose ahead with Kourtney not too far behind.
Chesney led the runners the whole way, placing first with a 19:54 and Suzanne coming in second for a 22:05, both running remarkably well for the sweltering heat and no breeze. Kenzington ran very well with 5th place and a 23:33. Surprising us for her first meet, Kourtney came up being our fourth runner not too far behind Kenzington with a 24:08 and 8th place. Lexy Martinez really made a comeback catching back up with Belle and both of them finishing within 2 seconds of each other. Belle taking 12th with a 25:08 and Lexy placing 13th for a 25:10. And on our JV side both Kadence and Cassandra did well splitting apart some but still placing 2nd and 4th with a 29:12 for Kadence and a 30:21 for Cassandra.
As we move on to the boys side, we watch as Kamryn Golub immediately takes off in the lead, with one of his biggest competitors trailing him. Spencer Shmidt and Ryan Wenman are just a little ways behind, but still in a good position with a few other guys. As Colton Adams, Uziel Carrasco, and Brandon Robles come up they are all relatively close to each other, spreading apart some as they go through the race. The boys JV runner, Ahearn Downing, is right in the midst of a pack as well when he comes running up one of the first hills.
Kamryn stays in the lead and even creates a bigger gap as he gets closer to the finish line, placing first for a time of 17:02. Ryan and Spencer, who ran together the entire way clear to the finish, ended with a 19.30.0 and 19.30.7, Ryan placing 3rd and Spencer getting 4th. As I said the three boys spread apart some and Uziel took the lead getting a 20 minute flat and 6th place, Colton taking 8th with a 20:15, and our final varsity runner, Brandon, took 13th with a 21:05. As for our JV runner, Ahearn ran really well placing 4th having a time of 23:54.
As you may know a lot of our middle school girls double up between cross country and volleyball and they ended up having a volleyball tournament the same day as our Tribune Meet. For that reason, we were a little low on the girls side, having 3 girls running and only 5 for the boys.
All the middle school girls ran together with Anessa Polzin, 8th grade, and Hannah Canny, 7th grade, running close together in some of the top packs. Our third girl runner, Rylee Polzin, 8th grade, was in a pack of her own, keeping a good pace. You could tell as the JH, or even the high school for that matter, were going up the tough hills they were struggling to keep it together, but they kept going and never quit. Hannah finished slightly before Anessa, placing 5th with a 15:30 in 7th grade and Anessa also placed 5th getting a 15:52 in 8th grade. Rylee never gave up and ended with a 21:12 and 13th place.
For our middle school boys, we had a great day, all of them placing within the top 15 of their grade. As always Calan Sims, 8th grade, and Carter Seyb, 7th grade, were fighting their way to the finish, challenging each other, with 8th graders, Luis Ocampo and Jaydon Edgar, running together not too far behind them. Just a little ways behind those two was our final runner Nash Toole, 7th grade. Calan finished 3rd, breaking 13 minutes with a 12:58 and Carter running a 13:16 for 2nd place. Luis and Jaydon took 14th and 15th, a 14:54 for Luis and Jaydon having a 15:05. Nash, being our final runner, took 13th, finishing with a time of 16:19.
This week all of our high school runners ended with a medal and two first places as a team. Everyone ran very well and it was a great meet to watch. Thank you for reading as our trojan harriers prepare for their next meet at Hugoton.