The cross country teams recognized their senior student athletes this past week prior to the start of their race. Athletic director Keith Slezak and head coach Allan McLearen recognized each senior with their family supporters on hand. This year’s boys’ team includes four senior runners—Mitchell Dyer, Isaiah Batman, Jose Hidalgo De La Cruz and Austin Hamilton. The girls’ team also honored its lone senior, multi-sport athlete, Sterlyn Woodward.
The teams competed at Hoover Ridge against Strasburg and Page. The boys’ team started the race strong and together with a close knit pack of the top six runners for the first part of the race. This effective team strategy served the Mountaineers well as the boys secured team victory with 20 points, Page in second with 38 and Stasburg did not post a team score with only four runners. Senior Mountaineer Mitchell Dyer came across the line first in 18:53 edging out teammate Troy Miller (second, 18:55) and top Page runner Huffman (third, 18:55) as all three sprinted to the finish line together. Madison runners Isaiah Batman (fourth, 19:31), Scout Foskett (sixth, 19:52), Luke Beeler (seventh, 20:18) and Jose Hidalgo De La Cruz (eighth, 20:55) rounded out the top six. The minimal 1:25 spread between Madison’s top scoring five runners should serve them well as they compete for the Bull District Championship April 7. Erwin Carter (22:07), Nate Herrman (22:23), Austin Hamilton (22:33) and Carter Rees (29:04) also competed for Madison.
The Lady Mountaineers continued to run strong individually, but even with newcomer Lacy Carpenter running her first 5k, the girls competed with only four runners on the day unable to post a team score. Kate McLearen continued to improve and won the girl’s race setting a new PR running the home course in 19:36. Abby Patterson also improved her time on the home course finishing second running a 22:25. Senior Steryln Woodward also set a home PR this year running a strong 27:13. Strasburg won the race with 20, and Page finished second scoring 37.