Yesterday, your TCS Cougars competed at the first MSA Cross Country meet of the season with great vigor and enthusiasm, despite the Texas-like heat (at least it wasn’t Arizona hot). Grace Marriott earned runner of the week accolades by placing 5th among a stellar field of student-athletes from both public and private schools from the region with a 27:04; her stalwart teammate, Alex Nebel ran 28:04 for 6th overall. Kyndel Abercrombie was unable to finish the race due to persistent ankle pain.
The boys’ team placed a very close third behind Weber and Sprayberry, despite missing some of our strongest lads due to injury, or potential injury. Larry Orsini, for example, stepped in a large hole and sprained his ankle while leading the varsity boys’ race through the one mile mark. Nicholas Daugherty placed 6th for the Cougars in 19:46 as Camden Michaud earned top 10 honors with a 21:23. Braden Smith blasted through the chute in 22:42 for 11th, as senior veteran Shane Hendrickson nipped at his heels for 12th, two seconds in arrears. Nicholas Smith placed 41st in 28:20, while Grant Osgood chased him into the chute for 42 in 28:29.
In the mixed open race, our boys placed second overall to Sprayberry with Nicholas Helm leading the charge in 4th overall with a 24:48. Ben Thomas, last week’s runner of the week winner, placed 6th in 25:43, as Mike Janyska placed 14th in 27:23. Andrew Marriott placed 18th in 27:26, while Dino Couvaras earned 19th in 28:02. Alex Hogg ran 28:16 to break into the coveted top 20. Hunter Cool ran 29:17 to place 22nd, as Cal Kinard ran 29:20 for 23rd. Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you at our next meeting of athletes at Mill Springs Academy beginning at 4:00PM on 26 September.