Junior Jacob Smithe set a school record of 16:48 as the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams competed aganist 20 other schools in the Terrier Invitational at Titusville on Saturday.
The Boy’s Varsity finished fourth out of 22 teams, missing third place by 1 point. Junior Luke Redito had a personal record of 17:19, junior Adam Kline had a PR of 17:4, sophomore Ian Chan had a PR of 18:14, junior Greg Topp had a PR of 18:33 PR, seventh-grader Austin C. had a PR of 18:45 and senior Randy Adams finished at 19:05.
“I was pleasantly surprised to see the time on the clock as I crossed the finish line on Saturday,” Smithe said. “Since three years ago was when we last competed at the course, it was kind of nerve-racking since we didn’t exactly know where the mile markers were and where to kick into the finish. However, the course didn’t seem the phase us as the entire guys varsity got season-best times, most hitting overall [personal records] as well. The results of this race were definitely encouraging because it shows that our team is really starting to mold together and with districts approaching that’s just what we need.”
Smithe broke the school record of 17:01 by 13 seconds, and placed seventh overall out of 156 competitors.
“Overall the course was fast. First off, it was cool flat and dry,” Redito said. “There were a number of really solid teams so the competition was fairly solid. It was an exciting weekend for cross country, with all of the [personal records] it shows that all of our hard training is finally paying off. I think Jacob breaking the school record is really motivating for all of the rest of the runners because it shows that anything is possible. Our last regular season meet is Sebastian river Oct. 22, then we enter the postseason. We’re looking for good things to happen for us at district regionals and state, so we’re not done yet. This was good for the team and their confidence going in to the off season.”
The girls’ race featured strong finishes from senior Kate Crowley with a season PR of 21:42, junior Sarah Day with a season PR of 20:53, junior Lauren Dietl with a PR of 23:36, eighth-grader Andrea T. with a PR of 24:11 PR, senior Wendy Eldredge with 25:20, junior Maegan Muir with 25:02 and junior Lesley McNamara with 27:02.
“The varsity girls have had a string of unfortunate circumstances lately,” Coach Jim Finch said. “We have not had a full varsity roster for the last three meets due to testing, injuries and you name it. Hopefully, our next meet at Sebastian High School will bring the girls together again and prove how strong they are.”