Lions And Bobcats Face Off In Cross Country’s Version Of The “Backyard Brawl” At Clarion County Park

All images by Diane Lutz – Above: Varsity Start

(By Clarion Area Cross Country Coach Keith Murtha)

The harriers From Clarion-Limestone and Clarion Area got together for a meet on Wednesday, September 7th, with the Lions bringing a wealth of talent and numbers, capturing both junior meets. Reise Jackson was your overall winner in a time of 12.28 over the 1.75 mile course. The young Lady Lions were dominant, winning 15-44 over host Clarion. New comer Maddy Schill was the first finisher for Clarion in 13:45 and sixth overall.

Two girls runners fighting toward the finish line

On the boys side, Drake Edmonds from C-L was your overall winner in 11:05 followed by new comer Chris Kim, leading the Clarion team in 11:34. The Lions outdid the Bobcats 25-36.

The varsity meet turned out to be a thriller! C-L returns a strong boys squad, who finished third in District Nine last year, led by Logan Lutz, who was your overall winner over the challenging 5K course in 19:28.

Logan Lutz – Overall winner

Clarion brings a young crew of boys who found success in junior last year and are hoping to translate to the varsity level.

The meet did not disappoint! One point , several all races to the finish and a lean at the line were the difference. Hayden Weber was the top finisher for Clarion in 19:41, third overall.

Clarion Area’s top Boys finisher Hayden Weber

It was the pack running of Josh and Caleb Turner, Nathan Frederick and Ben Lambert, who out leaned Colton Kiehl at the finish line in a true photo finish.

It was a fantastic meet all around and it was a good day to be a Bobcat!

Clara Couson of C-L led all varsity girls in 25:09, in a small field, with no team scoring.

(Great Work Lions and Bobcats!!!! Thanks to Coach Murtha for this article and Diane Lutz for her images!)