Boys Middle School Cross Country · Boys Middle School Cross Country beats Shenandoah

23 New Castle High School
38 Shenandoah High School
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While Shenandoah took first individually, the Trojans showed depth even while missing one of their top five. It was not the regular scene for the NC squad as their runners moved into new scoring positions in this victory. Colton Lawson, the first finisher the past three meets, was encouraged by Coach Dye to pull off the course late in the race as Lawson struggled to get his breathing under control. Lawson had been running second to the Raider’s first runner, but after having to walk to try and recover, five of his teammates passed him. It was apparent the team would have to forge ahead without him. Nicholas Smoot became the fourth member of the team to finish as the number one Trojan finisher. He was second overall. Bryceton Cheeseman, who finished as the first Trojan in their second meet, was just one second behind Smoot. Shenandoah took fourth, followed by five more Trojans: Sam Mathis, Evan Millikan, Marshall Snell, Eli Murphey, and Ethan Ma. That pack put Shenandoah’s third runner as tenth and any future scorers would receive the next places, giving the Raiders a score of 38 if scored as a full team. The Trojans had 23 points, their best score of the season.
Coach Dye felt the runners with the most standout races were Smoot, Millikan, Murphey, Carter Leduc, and Nathan Shafer. “These guys all ran their best race so far. Nicholas and Evan certainly were at their best, each just 39 seconds from their best time. Nick was excited to be the first Trojan and that kept him pushing all the way to the finish. Evan was coming off a tough meet where allergies slowed him, and wanted to prove he is one of our top seven. Eli ran well, too, as he’s been battling to get into that top seven group. Carter was just 24 seconds off his fastest time. Nathan Shafer ran his best yet, only ten seconds off his best on a much faster course. These guys should be pleased with their performances. I am excited to see what they can all do back on our home course, hopefully with a big crowd to encourage them along.”
The team runs Thursday in the intra-squad meet, and then faces off with the other seven Conference teams next Monday at 6:30 PM. The reserve runners go at 7:00 PM. Come cheer on our NC teams in this meet at Baker Park.