• Vincent Al-Birekdar, reporter

Runners push through challenging course

Freshman Logan Libel tries to stay in front of some runners from other schools during a cross country meet last Saturday at Lake Afton. PHOTO/VIDEO BY VINCENT AL-BIREKDAR/THE CANDIDATE

The cross country varsity boys took fourth out of 15 teams and the varsity girls took fifth out of eight teams, both in 5A, at Lake Afton Saturday.

“It’s like a test every meet, you look at the results and you say 'ok here’s what we gotta work on,'” Cross Country Coach Jeff Taylor said.

Many runners say the Lake Afton meet is one of the more difficult meets to race in. It has some of the toughest competition, with around 100 or more runners in each of the races, Taylor said.

“Most talented group of boys and girls we have ever had,” he said.

Many of the boys varsity runners received medals for placing in the top 25.

Senior Austin Fullerton placed second and improved his time from last year by 30 seconds.

“What really gave me the confidence is I beat everybody in 5A,” he said.

The girls varsity team did well even with some runners missing like sophomore Abby Bachman who was sitting out for an injury.

“We’ve got three really good freshmen, Jorah Reynolds, Lainie Burkhart and Brooklyn Freund,” Taylor said.

Those freshmen placed in the top 30 out of 94 varsity runners at the meet.

“Cross Country teaches overcoming pain and adversity, where you keep going even if everybody is telling you you can’t,” Taylor said.

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