by Brian Goatley
On Thursday, Oct. 13, the El Dorado Springs cross country hosted the only home meet of the year out at the Gene Pray Memorial Golf Course. There were a total of 7 teams in attendance, including ElDo, College Heights, Lamar, Nevada, Sheldon, Springfield Central and Marion C. Early. It was a beautiful day weather wise and the City has done a great job of maintaining the golf course, as it is probably the best I have seen at this time of year. Our golf course provides a challenge to cross athletes, as it seems there you are always on rolling hills in some form or fashion, yet despite the tough course, there were several good times turned in.
The middle school got things started off. On the girls’ side, Morgan Mitchell set a PR with a time of 11:07, placing her fourth, with teammate Kenli Rader just one spot back with a PR of her own, finishing in 11:16. Several of the other girls also had very good personal times. On the boys’ side, Brice Knoll led the way, finishing 3 with a fast time of 9:30, followed shortly behind by Trevyn Garringer in sixth and James King in 10th to wrap up the middle school medals. Team wise, the girls placed third, while the boys brought home a plaque, placing second.
On the high school side, the boys hit the 5k course first. Tyler Goatley led the way, winning the race in a respectable time of 17:01. He was joined by teammate Garrin McCullick in the medals, as Garrin finished 16th, with a PR time of 19:50. The boys team ran well for themselves and we saw several perform either PR performances or were really close, despite being a tough course. As a team, the boys finished sixth . We are still young, but it was good to see them run well from top to bottom.
On the girls side, Ashley Knoll led the way, finishing second with a time that tied her personal best from last year or 20:40, despite the tough course. She was joined in the medals by teammates, Michaela Trotter in seventh, Sarah King in ninth, Emily Ring in 10th and Emily Sutton in 12th. As a team, the girls placed second behind a very talented Nevada team.
Overall, we were very pleased with how everyone ran. A lot of good times and even a few PR’s on a not so easy course.
We want to thank the golf course and all of its staff for allowing us to use the course and for all of their hard work in helping us out. It was greatly appreciated. We would like to thank all of the volunteers who came out and helped run off the meet flawlessly. Volunteers, thank your for your hard work and dedication. Also would like to thank all of the fans who came out and cheered on the runners. They take notice of that and greatly appreciate it.
This weekend we head to Reeds Spring for our last regular season cross country meet of the year, before heading into districts.
Goatley wins Cross Country