Clarion Cross Country Teams Too Much For A-C Valley/Union (09/26/17)
(By Christie Datko)
Two cross country meets in one week is usually unheard of. However it is what the Clarion Cross Country team was faced with on Thursday, September 21st.
Possible fatigue wasn’t the only issue facing the Bobcats, after attaining that epic win against Cranberry on Tuesday, September 19th. The HEAT was another obstacle the runners would have to deal with. Neither of these things seemed to have had any effect on the team when they competed against the combination cross country team of A-C Valley and Union.
The varsity boys’ won 15-50 and were once again led by Nathaniel Lerch, who crossed the line first with a time of 18:37. Clarion-Limestone’s Andrew Forest finished second at 19:38 and fourteen seconds later Clarion’s Dan Ketner raced to the finish.
The next five places against A-C Valley/Union were dominated by Bobcats Nick Schill, Don Cunningham, Frank Weber, Noah Schill and Nate Datko who finished in that order. Clarion-Limestone did not have enough runners to score as a team.
Despite hip pain, Katie Craig (24:23) finished second only to Hannah Rittenhouse (23:52) of Clarion-Limestone in varsity girls’ action. Clarion and Clarion-Limestone lacked runners to score as teams.
Bella Scott led the way for the junior high girls’ as they beat A-C Valley/ Union 24-31. Scott was the first girl to complete the course with a time of 11:39. A-C Valley/Union’s Maggie Minick and Hailey Theuret would take the next two places from Clarion. However, Joyce Kim, Abi Frederick and Grace Schmader secured places 4,5, and 6.
Gavin Hoover led all junior high boy runners with a time of 10:26.
The next two boys to finish were Clarion-Limestone’s Cody Whitling and Logan Leadbetter. Logan Lowrey was the first of only three A-C Valley/ Union runners to cross the line. Neither A-C Valley/ Union nor Clarion-Limestone had enough runners to field a junior high boys’ team. Therefore, no team scoring was done.
The next dual meet for the Bobcats was this afternoon, Tuesday, September 26, at 4:30 at Keystone.
(Thanks to Christie Datko for this article and photos. Great work, Cats!!!!)