“We have a super young team but I think they did awesome,” said Jake Garlick, head coach. “We’re right on track for next year. We have a lot of young kids with a lot of potential.”
The runners for the girls team were Aubree Gailey, who finished 31st with a time of 19:59.7, Jennica Carpenter who finished 40th at 20:13.6, Megan Park in 64th place at 20:57.6, Dailee Perucci in 74th at 21:18.8, Bekah Studebaker in 90th at 22:14.7, Ashlynn Whiting in 95th at 22:29.1, and Tara Mendenhall in 96th at 22:31.9.
Chris Barney was the only runner from the boys team to compete against the other 5A boys in the 3-mile run and he finished 23rd out of 122 with a time of 16:29.3.
Garlick, along with fellow new coach James Barnes, put on a summer program to keep the team competitive before the season started and plan to do the same thing at the end of this year. “The key is consistency,” Garlick said. “A lot of times, the runners aren’t consistent with their training. They take the summer off or don’t practice as hard. So we put together the summer program.”
Though Garlick is proud of how his team competed this year, he has bigger plans for next year’s state championships. “I think we’ll be very competitive next year,” he said “I’d like to see both the boys and girls teams get here to state and place in the top five.”