On Saturday, Sep. 26, the El Dorado Springs Cross Country team travelled to Hermitage to participate in the Hermitage Cross Country Invitational. There were some 50 plus teams represented at the meet.  It has really grown over the years. This course is always a memorable one, as it takes place at the Pomme de Terre Dam Outlet Park, just outside of Hermitage.  In the beginning, they run up the side of the dam, which leads to the memory.  This year, as cross country has gone to 5 classes for the first time and El Dorado Springs has moved to Class 3, that saw us competing in the big school classification at Hermitage, competing against Class 3, Class 4 and Class 5 schools.

The Boys Varsity got things started on Saturday.  In the past, they have always run everyone together and then sorted out the results for big school and small school afterwards.  This year with the big field of participants and the safety concerns of everything going on, they started the big school race first, with the small schools starting 5 minutes later.  Daelen Ackley led the way, winning the Big School race and setting a Course Record, in the process, running a time of 16:00.24, which eclipses the previous course record time of 16:18, by 18 seconds.  Also placing in the top 20 was Connor Goatley, finishing 17th with a time of 18:19.  Trevyn Garringer just missed placing in the top 20, finishing 21st.  These three were joined by Brice Knoll, Blayze McCullough, Garrett Klaiber and James King to finish 5th overall.  Everyone of these guys ran their fastest ever at this course on Saturday, and held their own with the big schools.  They competed well and continue to improve.  The boys team were also represented well in the JV race.  Riley Quinlan led the way, finishing  26th in the big school class race, with a time of 21:35.  He was joined by Gavin Ring and Kyan Roberts who also ran well.

The Girls Varsity was up next.  Hannah Klaiber led the way and was the lone medalist for the girls team, finishing 16th, with her fastest time on this course.  Kenli Rader and Colbie Wood weren’t too far behind, finishing just seconds apart from each other, right at or just better than their previous times on this course.  They were joined by Morgan Mitchell, Hanna Ridgway and Madison Hendricks as they took 7th as a team.  On the JV side, Myka Barger and Alivia Bowen both had great races finishing just a couple of seconds apart.  Myka’s time was 3 minutes faster than she has ever run, and she did that on the toughest course that we will run all year.  Alivia, similarly had a great race, running a minute faster than she has ever run.  They both keep getting better each and every race.

On the Middle School side, Logan Fisk led the way for the Middle School boys.  He finished 7th overall with his fastest time on this course.  He ran well.  Logan was joined by teammates Kandon McGuirk and Kyler Zimmer who also ran well.  This is Kandon and Kyler’s first year of competing in cross country.  They keep getting better each and every week.

For the Middle School girls, Audrey Goatley led the way.  She finished 21st in the big school, but was battling some shin splint pain, which held her back a little bit.  Shortly behind her was 7th grader Lela Brown.  Lela was followed shortly after by Lydia Zimmer and Alisabeth Bowen.  The girls ran well.  We were missing a few girls for various reasons, which kept us from being able to compete as a team.

Saturday was a good day.

This next week, we will head to Lamar on Tuesday and then to Camdenton on Saturday.