Cross country team places in Autumn Classic
The cross country team got off to a good start in the first race of the season in St Marys on August 25. The boys’ team took home first place while the girls came in the top ten, finishing eighth in place. With five boys in the top 50 rankings for AAA, the team plans to be a strong contender this year. The girls’ team has three girls in the state’s preseason top 100. With a strong start to the season, the girls seek to continue to get better and improve every race.
Levi Phillips spoke of how the team tries to improve, “We run anywhere from seven to ten miles a practice, if we can keep up the pace we should be O.K.”
Both teams ran in the Autumn Classic and fared well. Seniors Caleb Casto and Chad Longanacre finished in the top 10 and senior Ali Cunningham finished 7. Also contributing to the girls’ team was senior Melissa Hughart who finished 29 and Maddi Randolph finished 50. The guys’ team had five finishers in the top 30. They were as previously mentioned, Casto, Longancre, junior Jake Casto, sophomore Levi Phillips, and senior Ryan Gregory.
“We have a good chance at making the state meet this year, if we can keep this up we will definitely get there,” says Phillips.
Coming up are some important races including the Geico Classic which is run at Cabell Midland is on September 1. The Chick-Fil-A Invitational is September 8 in Mineral Wells. The team is also hoping to travel down to North Carolina to run in the Great American Classic at the end of September.