Cross country finishes strong at first two meets

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by Collin Kasitz

The cross country team had a strong start to its season, with high placements on Sept. 6 and 8 at meets in Clearwater and Hesston. 

Fourteen out of the 16 runners placed at the meet in Clearwater on Sept. 6.  Highlights from the meet: Ross Yarrow,10, placed eighth, Mady Nestor, 10,  placed second, Morgan Schaefer, 11,  placed third, and Katie Trumble, 10, placed seventh.  The girls ran a 4 k and the boys ran a 5 k.    

“I improved a lot from last year and I did really well in the first two meets,” Jake Braschler, 10, who placed 7th in the meet, said.  “I run in practice like I do in races to get in shape.”

The Hesston Invitational also proved to be a successful meet for the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams. The girls placed fourth in the 4-5-6A division, and the boys placed seventh. In both categories the Maverick runners were the top-placing cross country teams from the 4A division.

“I felt pretty good about the first two meets and I was really excited,” Mady Nestor, 10, who placed first at the Hesston Invitational, said.  “Practice helps me stay in shape and gets me used to the weather for the meets.”

Ashton Bloomer, 10, runs to get in shape during practice on Sept. 7. Bloomer placed 43rd at the Hesston Invitational. Photo by C. Kasitz