Centerville High School was the place to be over the weekend as the boys and girls cross country programs hosted Saturday Night Lights. With over 10,000 spectators cheering like mad and 4,200 athletes racing, the nighttime atmosphere was electric.
CGXC athletes ran in four different races throughout the day and night, kicking things off with a 12th place team result in the Girls Open I race. The Girls Open II race followed with an outstanding 2nd place team result – led by freshman, Carly Biederman, and her inspired 1st place finish! The final opening act saw the Elks take 14th place in the Girls Varsity A race.
By this time the sun had set, the magic and energy of Saturday Night Lights was on full display, and the team of 10 CGXC runners were headed to the line to start the Girls Championship Race. The midday heat had given way to a pleasantly warm but dry evening as the starting gun fired and a competitive field of 27 teams launched into the illuminated darkness.
The pace was fast and furious as the race leaders came through the mile at 5:20 and the Lady Elks began to establish themselves amongst the competition. Several gutsy individual performances ultimately led to the Elks placing 2nd overall – only 17 points behind current state #2, Hilliard Davidson. The team was led by Emma Bucher, who battled back from 6th place at the 2 mile to finish 2nd in a time of 17:26; Mia Robillard, in yet another impressively gritty race, in a time of 18:27 for 21st place; and Kerri Walsh, in a strong performance to bring home 25th in 18:32.
Those scoring were:
2nd – Emma Bucher 17:26
21st – Mia Robillard 18:27
25th – Kerri Walsh 18:32
57th – Alayna Skidmore 19:16
77th – Nikki Jindal 19:36
Saturday Night Lights is a tremendous event and a tremendous undertaking that requires the coordination and efforts of countless parents, volunteers and athletes. Thank you to all those who helped make this truly unique event possible!