The women’s cross country team is putting their best foot forward this year with their strongest start to the season in years. In their first conference match up they defeated Napoleon easily and only lost to Hanover Horton by three points. The following week they faced off against Vandercook Lake and Addison and won against both teams. In the latest conference contest they almost swept the meet, finishing 1-4 against Michigan Center.
But their success doesn’t end at conference meets. The team ran in the Spartan Invitational on 9/16 and finished 8th out of 28 teams. “This is the best finish we have ever had as a team in a meet of this size” said Coach Weidmayer. Besides the team success, two athletes had standout races – Jocelyn Boote placed 22nd with a time of 21:05 and Mary Bradshaw placed 28th with a time of 21:22, earning them both a spot on the medal podium.
The Jackson Invitational on 9/24 showed some of the best times of the season for the varsity team, and it also earned them a 3rd place finish overall. Jocelyn Boote finished 6th with a time of 20:33, Mary Bradshaw was 10th with a time of 21:04, Liz O’Hotzke was 26th with a time of 22:22, Hannah Bradshaw finished 31st with a time of 22:36, and Crystal Rolf was 37th with a time of 23:22. Rounding out the varsity runners were Caitlin Gaydosh (40th, 23:30) and Jessica Lacy (60th, 24:56). “We’ve never had three girls medal in this meet before – when you run against some of the best competition in Jackson County and finish this well, it gets you excited about the rest of the season,” Weidmayer remarked.
This Saturday the team will compete in the Hudson Invitational where they will run against two of the top teams in their regional. Next Tuesday will be the final conference regular season meet against Grass Lake and East Jackson. If the team defeats Grass Lake, they will be in the running to tie with Hanover Horton for conference champions.
All photos courtesy/copyright of Randy Bradshaw.