Boys Middle School Cross Country · Boys Middle School Cross Country finishes 7th place at PMHS Invitational

  Place Points
Noblesville High School 1st 32
New Palestine High School 2nd 61
Mt Vernon High School - Mt. Vernon 3rd 65
Pendleton Heights High School 4th 114
Greenfield-Central High School 5th 139
Lapel High School 6th 218
New Castle High School 7th 229
Highland High School 8th 273
Northside High School 9th 283
Alexandria High School 10th 286
Frankton High School 11th 286

The New Castle boys Middle School team had to face four of the same HHC teams that they had fallen to two days earlier, plus six other teams. Powerhouse Noblesville West won the meet followed by four HHC teams, Lapel , New Castle, Highland, Muncie Northside, Alexandria, and then Frankton. Most of the NC team members looked a little stronger than at Monday evening’s Conference meet, but the muggy hot day and tougher course made time improvements a scarcity. Colton Lawson led the team for the 5th time this season, finishing in 27th. He beat a few of the Conference runners who had beaten him two nights prior and dropped 31 seconds off the time he had run there earlier in the season. Next were Bryceton Cheeseman, Nicholas Smoot, Marshall Snell, Sam Mathis, Eli Murphey, and Evan Millikan to complete the varsity squad.
Darin Reynolds ran n the Junior Varsity race as his illness the week prior had left him wiped out after attempting to help the team at the HHC meet Monday. While he was still not near full strength and was still well off his PR, he still managed a 43 second drop from when he had raced the same course a month earlier. A few others had made some small drops as well, despite having a hotter day than back in early September. But it was Sammy Huynh who had the thrill of dropping his time by over two minutes from a month earlier. His gains were impressive and a testament to his steady efforts in practices.
The entire team is praised by their coaches for their attitudes and efforts this season. The little things such as volunteering to serve others by carrying the water coolers, helping to set up and clean up the home course, cheering on the final runners on their team and even the final competitors were appreciated by the coaches. The fact that the boys and girls went out after their own race to support the final finisher from another school was heart warming to see as it is the kind of support that can build a bond with the runners even while competing.