The Tri County Northeast cross country runners found a tougher field and course for their second meet of the season last Thursday, at the Indian Hills Country Club in Beemer.
With temperatures in the mid 90’s, and a monstrous hill to navigate in the middle of the run, along with 23 other schools, the combination pressed the athletes to perform.
Times were not equal to the first meet, but that could be easily reasoned by the demanding stretch of the race in the middle that took the strength out of many in the field. The Wolfpack did not rank in team standings as four runners needed to complete the course for a team score.
Freshman, Alejandra Hermosillo, collected her first ever medal by placing 18th. Hermosillo just missed medaling in the first meet, but gave a great final 300 meters by passing four girls to gain the medal in a time of 26:19.70.
Two first time runners, Shantel Miller and Jenni Olson clocked times of 31:37.90 and 32:58.18 respectively.
Rhyanne Mackling and Bre Millard suffered with heat issues and were taken out of competition. They both are expected to return this week when the Wolfpack run at the L-C-C Invite.
The lone Wolfpack boy, Gabe Franklin, ran the course in 29:01.00.
The Wolfpack have a demanding seven day stretch starting on Thursday, September 8th, when they compete at the L-C-C Invite, then Monday, September 12th at Wayne, and then finishing the stretch at Pender on September 15th.
“Our athletes struggled with the conditions today, no question about it. They will recover, regroup and continue to work for improvement. We hope to get more competitive in the days to come.”