The NC girls took second behind Centerville. Team scores were Centerville 25, NC 37, and Connersville 65. Ella Garvin led the Trojans and just missed the individual victory. It went to Centerville’s Kaylynn Wolfal. Wolfal was just three ticks ahead of Garvin’s finish of 13:35. Centerville took the next two spots, followed by Lydia Harvey and Mireya Guerrero, who finished just 4 seconds apart. After Centerville’s 4 and 5 runners and Connerville’ s first two finishers, Emily Grow placed 11th, followed by another Connersville runner, and then Emma Hart as NC’s fifth scorer. The Trojan’s showed some depth in placing their sixth (Sakagewea Watson) and seventh (Chloe Vitatoe) finishers ahead of Connerville’s 4th and Centerville’s 6th, but it was not enough to counter Centerville’s strong front running. Highlights included PR’s for Watson, Vitatoe, Aaliyah Anderson, Corinne Harvey, Catherine Willis, Sylvie Terrell, and Lauren Watterson. Coach Dye was especially pleased with the performances of Watson, Vitatoe, Anderson, Willis, and Watterson as they showed the most dramatic gains. “Lauren Watterson ‘s work over the past year plus paid off today with a big PR on a difficult course. Mireya and Sakagewea showed more focus and stayed competitive throughout the race. We have people competing and it makes it exciting to watch.
The NC boys’ cross Country took second at the Connersville meet. Centerville won with 27 points, NC was next with 38, and the host Connersville team took third with 65. Jaykwan Guerrero ran an excellent race to win individual honors in 12:12, seven seconds up on Centerville’s first finisher. Gavin Frazier just missed third by 2 seconds, placing fourth . Harry Callaway, Bradley Henderson, and Logan Slinker finished 10th, 11th, and 12th respectively to wrap up the Trojan’s scoring. Niki Greive ran a strong race to place 15th, one spot ahead of Connerville’s fifth scoring runner. Coach Dye gives special congratulations to Jaykwan for his first victory, the improvement on the year for Gavin Frazier and Colton Lawson, and a super PR for Harry Callaway. This team is comprised of mostly first and second year runners. They are still learning how to race and what they are capable of doing. It is great when you see their efforts rewarded with improved times.
Both teams will race against Richmond and Shenendoah next Tuesday with the girls starting things off at the Memorial Park course at 5:30 PM.