Cross Country wins HOPL league

Both cross country teams have been enjoying an extremely successful season so far, with Regionals and State still yet to come.

Last Thursday, the boys’ and girls’ teams both won League at the HOPL meet at Burrton. It was the boys’ fourth straight League title and the girls’ second straight. Three boys and one girl placed in the top five at League. Sophomore Erik Ghumm, senior Jared Shriver and junior Tyler Tobin placed second, third and fourth in that order and junior Madison Tyler placed fourth.

“I was very proud of the way we ran at League,” Tyler said. “Most of the girls broke their personal records, and I think that many of the girls are shooting to make it all the way to State.”

Breaking personal records is nothing new for the runners. Head coach Lynette Freeman said that every single runner has achieved a new PR, even the ones who haven’t been able to in recent years.

With the talent level being so high, the team has participated in meets with much larger schools to challenge themselves.

“Getting the opportunity to see bigger schools at meets has helped our varsity team tremendously,” Freeman said. “Our boys team is very strong this year, the best in all of the five seasons I’ve coached so far, but I can’t take credit for that. They have pushed so hard this year and have been pushed by the bigger schools. They have come a long way and continue to astonish us.”

With the accomplishments achieved so far, a good showing at Regionals and State are still on the radar for the rest of this season.

“I really hope we will go to State,” senior Garrett Bell said. “Our top five boy runners are all under 19 minutes, so I think we have a very good chance of making it.”

Regionals are this Saturday at Meade with the girls’ race at 11 a.m. and boys’ at 11:40 a.m.

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