Varsity/Reserve Girls Cross Country · A Tale of Two Cities for CGXC

The entire girls cross country team was an hour into their trip to Michigan State when they received word from meet officials that incoming weather for East Lansing the next day had prompted the cancellation of all JV races.  This resulted in the team being split up with the varsity squad continuing on to the land up north while the rest of the team returned home to potentially race at a yet to be named site over the weekend.

Fast forward to Friday as the varsity team was poised to race despite the continued threat of ominous weather.  Once a thirty minute rain shower moved through the area that morning as the team warmed up, the skies cleared, the temperature rose, and it was time to take to the line. The field of 40 teams was, by numerous accounts, the strongest in years and our Lady Elks were up to the challenge. The final results showed that CGXC pulled out a respectable fourth place finish amongst several nationally ranked teams. In fact, three of the top four team scores came out of the state of Ohio!  The team was led by Emma Bucher and followed closely by Kerri Walsh and Mia Robillard.  Nikki Jindal and Dalia Einstein rounded out the top 5.

11th – Emma Bucher             18:25
20th – Kerri Walsh                 18:49
31st – Mia Robillard               19:08
55th – Nikki Jindal                  20:00
58th – Dalia Einstein              20:02
65th – Alayna Skidmore        20:13
73rd – Alex Jackson                20:20

With the varsity team’s return home, attention then turned on Saturday to those who were not initially afforded an opportunity to compete at the Spartan Invitational.  A smaller crew of 16 athletes were available to make the newly planned journey to Cedarville for the Friendship Invitational.  Unfazed by the idea of facing teams running their top seven, this opportunistic crew set their sites on competing nevertheless.

It was a beautiful day at the Elvin R. King Cross Country Course in Cedarville as this group who were initially denied their chance to race by mother nature in Michigan, stepped to the line. And by the time the race was over, the ladies had pulled off a third place team finish on the very same course that will host the District Championships in the post-season.

The individual results were as follows:

13th – Brooke Strobel                     20:31
20th – CeCe Alexander                   20:46
27th – Maddie Little                        20:58
38th – Kiersten Knell                       21:15
39th – Peri   Rhoads                         21:17
43 – Hannah Mangen                     21:22
58th – Carly Biederman                   21:45
61st – Leah Vanbeysterveldt          21:48
65th – Muriel vanSchagen              21:56
99th – Audrey Cline                         22:48
111th – Layla Emmert                     23:03
119th – Mia Kaufman                      23:11
120th – Jaina Masek                        23:12
244th – Samantha Jackson              25:48
274th –  Ashley Malenfant                 26:21
287th – Addison Dobson                 26:42

Congratulations to those who competed in the Spartan Invite and Friendship Invite!

This week is a BIG week for CGXC as they host Saturday Night Lights.  Top teams and individuals from Ohio and neighboring states will run under the lights for their chance to bring home top honors in a truly unique Centerville event.

Good luck at SNL ladies!  We’ll see you at the finish line…