Cross country teams compete in nationals

Cross country teams compete in nationals

Maddie Toles
Sports Editor

The cross country national meet started off cold and windy in Garden City, Kansas on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Out of 36 teams, the LCC men scored 16th place. Freshman Brian Moore came in 53rd place with a time of 27:43. In 62nd place, freshman Dillan Haviland had a time of 27:59.

The women's team came in 17th place out of 36 teams. Freshman Claudia Baryo took 46th place with a time of 20:52. In the 99th spot, freshman Anna Vanhill had a time of 21:50.

While the end results were not as high as he hoped, LCC Head Coach Jim Robinson said he is satisfied with the way his runners performed this season.

Robinson said the competition was tough at the national tournament.

"I think everyone ran as hard as they could. Obviously, we hoped to have finished higher," Robinson said. "The runners gave it their best efforts, so you can't ask for anything more than that."

Robinson admitted the weather conditions were difficult to withstand, and said the top runners from both the men and women's team were battling sickness.

However, Robinson added that the rest of the runners were able to step forward and score higher than they normally did. Many of the runners secured their season-best times and rose in the ranks within the rest of the LCC runners.

Robinson is hopeful about next season as well, and he anticipates many freshmen will return.

Expected returnees from the men's team are Cologio Alighire, Stefen Carlson, Christopher Davis, Jack Everts, Devin Gibbs, Dillan Haviland, Thomas Kessman, Jose Torres and Asher Van Dell.

From the women's team, returning runners include Claudia Baryo, Fatuma Jillo, Anne Lyon, Andreya McCarty, Kaitlyn Mooney and Anna Vanhill.