Race at Golf Course here 4 p.m. Thursday
ElDo Cross Country shines at Strafford
The El Dorado Springs High School and Middle School cross country teams competed in their first race of the season at Strafford High School on Saturday, Sept. 1. Despite the rough conditions rough due to the large amount of rain the area received over the weekend. the team had a great day. Everyone kept a positive attitude about the situation and took care of business as planned. The course was run around the campus of Strafford High School, with a start and finish on the track. This meet is a really good opening meet because it is flat and fast.
The meet was attended by 24 schools in Classes 1, 2 and 3 from Southwest Missouri. The High School races were 5K (3.1 miles) and Middle School races were 1.7 miles. Varsity races medaled top 30 runners and Middle School medaled top 20 runners. Strafford is one of the bigger meets ElDo goes to all year and the ElDo runners got to see teams they do not normally compete against during the season. The races had 113 Varsity boys, 110 Varsity girls, 71 JV boys, 77 MS boys,and 62 MS girls.
Tommy Cornejo (Fr.) was the top varsity boy finisher for ElDo with a time of 18:01. Cornejo medaled by placing 25th out of the 113 runners. The rest of the boys all packed close together and nearly all ran personal best times despite the conditions.
The boys finished in the following order, Tyler O’Banion (Fr.) 19:18 placing 53rd, Ronnie Bohrer (Fr.) 19:22 placing 55th, Jakob Boleyn (So.) 19:38 placing 65th, Richard Lyness (So.) 19:50 placing 68th, Josh Girven (Jr.) 20:15 placing 78th and Kyle Robertson (Jr.) 21:09 placing 91st. Ryan Johnson competed in the JV race and ran a personal best time by nearly five minutes. The boys did a great job of competing and helping each other get through the race. They really looked like a close team during the race. This team is very young with no seniors and a lot of freshmen, but they all looked like experienced runners at Strafford.
The varsity girls were led by the Senior/Freshman combination of Hannah Bruggeman and Tessa Durnell. Hannah (Sr.) ran her best time at this course and was the first ElDo girl finisher with a time of 21:28. She also medaled by placing 11th out of 110 runners. Right behind Hannah was ElDo’s second place finisher Tessa Durnell (Fr.) with a personal best 21:33 and medaled placing 12th. The rest of the team finished strong in the following order, Katie Bruggeman (So.) 24:12 placing 56th, Michaela Collins (Sr.) 26:04 placing 77th, Ashley Brown (So.) 26:26 placing 81st and Hannah Kruckenberg (Fr.) 28:46 placing 94th. The girls did a great job sticking with the race plan. There are great senior leaders on the girls’ team and it was obvious before, during and after this race. There are also some underclassmen that are stepping up and doing a terrific job at the varsity level.
In the Middle School race, ElDo had five guys and two girls race the 1.7 mile course. Tyler Goatley (8th grade) was the top boy finisher with a time of 10:37 and medaling, placing 6th of 77 runners. The rest of the boys finished as follows: Chris Reddick (7th grade) 12:28 placing 38th, Wyatt Cartwright (8th) 12:47 placing 40th, Lance Hall (8th grade) 17:41 placing 72nd and Austin Hall (8th grade) 22:00 placing 77th. These young runners gained valuable experience and did a good job competing. It is exciting to get these Middle School boys some experience and get them ready for High School. The top girl finisher was Ashley Knoll (7th grade) with a time of 12:28 and medaled, placing 7th of 62 runners. The only other ElDo MS girl was Melissa Klein who finished with a time of 14:18, placing 35th. The girls did an excellent job of getting out and racing even though it was their first race ever. They controlled their nerves well and are off to a great start to the season.
The ElDo Cross Country team will be back in action on Thursday, Sept. 6, for their home meet at the El Dorado Springs Golf Course. The first race starts at 4 p.m. and admission is free. The meet will include 12 cross country teams from the area. There will be racing, music and concessions to add to an already great atmosphere. The team would love all the support possible from the community.