On Oct. 5 the Cross Country (CXC) squad competed at a regular season meet at South Whidby High School that involved all seven teams from our conference. Since we ran at this course a couple weeks ago, it gave the athletes a chance to compare their performances. It also gave our top athletes a the opportunity to compete on the District Championship course.
For those that pay atten-tion to such things, we did adopt a different strategy for this course. Since the course has a difficult second mile due to a fairly substantial hill, we had our top runners back off the pace a little bit through the first mile. That made the second mile split a little closer in time to the first mile. It also led to a fast last mile for many of the athletes.
The girls squad came out ahead on the team points. They were led by Elsie Dombek (1st), Alicia Krivanek (4th) and Kelly Hall (5th). The boys squad also came out first in the team points. They were led by Grant Van Valkenburg (1st), Ben Benson (2nd) and Brennan LeBlanc (8th). Our athletes of the meet were Katelynn Wells (29 seconds faster than last time at S.Whidbey), Ben Norris (1:21 faster), Hayden Bhavsar (1:30 faster), Noah Pace (1:23 faster) and Kyle Stupfel (28 seconds faster).