Boys’ cross-country team places fifth

Ella Richardson

The varsity boys’ cross-country team place fifth out of 15 teams at Sebastian River High School on Saturday, placing individual runners in the top 15. However, freshman Carter Newlin said the team’s performance wasn’t among its best.

“The race overall wasn’t the strongest of the season,” he said. “We had a lot of people out … and the course was pretty rough.” 

The team didn’t medal, but Newlin said it wasn’t for lack of trying.

“Varsity’s effort was hard,” he said. “[We] just didn’t get to place.”

The junior-varsity team finished first in a field of four squads with didn’t surprise senior Ayush Maddikonda. 

“We have definitely gotten better seeing the workout times,” he said. “[However], times for the 5K can … be affected by the course.”

Maddikonda, who achieved a personal record in the race, added that he was happy with JV’s results, although the team suffered some wear and tear on their muscles.

“The team did fairly well although a few injuries occurred as a result of the race,” he said. “I was very content with my time.”

Both cross-country teams plan to participate in the Cape Coast Conference meet which is scheduled for next Thursday at Wickham Park.

By Ella Richardson