Cross country places second and third at home meet

Cross country teams place high, break five man time record at only home meet

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At the Cat Classic on Thursday, Oct. 9, senior Kurt Loevenstein and junior Derek Meeks run in sync. The girls team placed third and the boys team placed second.

The boys cross country team placed second and the girls placed third at the teams’ only home meet, the Cat Classic at Shawnee Mission Park on Thursday, Oct. 9. The boys team also broke the school record for five man team time with a time of 84:19, a record set last year at this same race.

Junior Ben Gillig said this meet shows that the team is finally getting up to speed.

“I think we’re really starting to get our stride for the season,” Gillig said. “We started off really slow but now we’re starting to catch on and [have] lots of good times.”

Head coach Mark Chipman was also impressed with the results of the meet.

“[We had] a great job by our crew as we brought home team medals in both varsity races,” Chipman said via email. “Both teams continued to build on last week’s efforts, which we need to continue doing the next three weeks.”

The Cat Classic is often an important meet for the team, Gillig said.

“It is our only home meet,” Gillig said. “It’s close and there’s a lot of good teams there, so it’s a good chance to compete close to home and it’s a good chance for people to come out and support us.”

The cross country team’s next meet is the Kaw Valley League Championship at Wyandotte County Park on Thursday, Oct. 16.

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