by Brian Goatley, head coach
On Tuesday, Oct. 17, the El Dorado Springs High School cross country team hosted a cross country meet on the Gene Pray municipal golf course. There were 11 teams in attendance with over 240 runners between all races combined. This is our 6th year to host a cross country meet, with the last five times being at the golf course. It was a great day for a meet with temperatures in the upper 60’s.
The Middle School got the day started with a Middle School combined race. On the boys side, Daelen Ackley led the way winning the race with a time of 8:54.08. James King was 7th in 9:40.01, with Austin Wiegle just edging out Garrett Klaiber for 10th with them both running less than a second apart for 10th and 11th. The top 10 medaled. Overall very fast times for the day.
Other finishers were Connor Goatley in 19th, Dillon Hargrove in 23rd, Riley Quinlin in 25th and Jaren Meisenheimer in 27th. Overall the boys team ran well and finished up tieing with Lamar for 2nd, just even points out of 1st.
On the Middle School girls side, Colbie Wood led the way placing 3rd in a time of 10:27.86. She was closely followed by teammates Hannah Klaiber in 4th, Kenli Rader in 6th and Lexis Reasoner in 7th. Morgan Mitchell just missed the medals in 13th. Also finishing for ElDo, was Paiden Smith in 21st and Madison Hendricks in 22nd. The girls team ran great and finished the season back on top with a 1st place team finish. This team has really run well together all season.
In the High School girls varsity race, Senior Ashley Knoll led the way, winning the race in a time of 21:38.30. Joining Ashley on the medal stand was Emily Ring in 8th, and Sarah King in 9th with Abby Klaiber just missing the medals by one spot, in 21st. Lydia Eason ended up finishing in 30th with teammates Megan Griffin in 31st with a personal record time of 28:18.85 and Abby Cartwrigh
t in 34th. As a team, the girls finished 2nd behind a good Lamar team.
On the boys varsity side, Caleb Mooney led the way in 26th with teammate, Garrin McCullick shortly behind in 29th. Brice Knoll was 36th, Gavin Mooney was 45th, Trevyn Garringer was 46th, with Nick Raddatz right behind in 47th. This boys team is young and missing their top runner with injury. The good news is we don’t graduate anyone and are really looking forward to continuing to get better for next year.
For Middle School, this was their last official race of the year. Overall, they have run well and gotten better throughout the year, on both the boys and girls side. Really excited at the possibilities, if we can keep these kids out, for the future of the sport here at El Dorado Spr
On the High School side, we head to the Class 2 District 7 meet which will be held this Saturday, Oct, 28, at the Pomme De Terre Outlet Park just outside of Hermitage. The girls team will race at 10:30 with the boys team racing at 11:30. To move on to the state meet the following weekend, they will have to place top 2 as a te
am, or top 15 individually. Best of luck Bulldogs heading into this weekend.
THEY’RE OFF – 38 varsity high school girls toed the line and were off when Gary Benham fired the starting gun on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 17, in the El Dorado Springs cross country invitational on the Gene Pray municipal golf course. Competitors were from Warsaw, College Heights, Springfield Central, Sheldon, Lamar, Stockton, Lamar, El Dorado Christian, and the host school, El Dorado Springs.
ASHLEY KNOLL WINS CROSS COUNTRY RACE – Ashley Knoll, who competes for El Dorado Springs, won the varsity girls race in the El Dorado Springs invitational on Tuesday, Oct. 17, with a time
of 21:38.30. The second place finisher, Grace Bishop, College Heights, completed the course with a time of 22:03.21. One of the coaches said that Ashley had completed the race with a sub – 20 minute time before but was a little off her game because she had fainted at home the previous evening.