LEWISBURG — Tri-County North runners ran in two cross country meets last week, first participating in the Patriot Invitational at Tri-Village on Tuesday, Sept. 29 before taking part in the Blazer Invitational at National Trail on Saturday, Oct. 3.
On both days, runners were forced to run in muddy and rainy conditions.
At the Panther Invite, North boys were led Aidan Tomlin, who posted a time of 19:04 and a 14th place finish. Tristan Singleton was 42nd with a time of 21:11, Bailey Hilt was 43rd with a time of 21:12, Patrick Timmons was 45th with a time of 21:20, and Gregory Ras was 60th with a time of 22:22.
Overall, North boys were sixth with 181 points scored.
The girls were once again not able to compete as a team but, as head coach Tim Martin puts it, the ladies put in a “gutsy performance”.
They were led by Lauren Koenig, who finished 26th with a time of 25:02. Taylor Cooper was 37th with a time of 27:05, Lindsay Owens was 51st with a time of 29:05, and Sierra Cooper was 62nd with a time of 41:03.
On Saturday, on top of wind and rain, all participants also had to deal with cold temperatures.
Three of North’s boys finished under the 20-minute mark though, with Tomlin leading the back with 17:44 and his best time of the year. It was good enough to score him fourth place overall.
Rounding out the top five for the Panthers were Singleton (19:31, 19th), Hilt (19:54, 25th), Timmons (20:04, 29th), and Trenton Napier (20:48, 38th).
The boys finished fifth overall with a score of 109.
The girls finally had a chance to compete as a team for the first time this season, but a misunderstanding on entries prevented the team for earning an actual score.
Koenig was the top finisher for North, clocking a time of 23:16 for 16th place. Cooper was the second best runner for the Panthers, ending with a time of 24:06 and 19th place. Hogan Krislynn (27:10, 26th), Owens (29:08, 36th), and Cooper (37:31, 39th) were the other finishers.
The Panthers will run in the Ed Leas Classic on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Fort St. Clair.