MAHOMET — The Mahomet-Seymour junior high cross-country team completed its last regular-season meet Oct. 5, and they went out with a bang. M-S decided to run solely eighth-graders in the varsity races, and the girls finished seventh out of 14 teams and the boys finished seventh out of 19 teams at the Monticello Invitational.
“Today was a great day to get some talented runners on the varsity line that haven’t had the opportunity yet this season,” coach Lori Clark said. “Our runners found their stride and excelled some challenging hills that Lodge Park in Monticello presented.”
In the boys’ varsity race, Davin Tietz and Isaac Warren both finished in the top-25. Tietz was 16th with a time of 12 minutes, one second. Warren was 24th at 12:11.
In the boys’ open race, Auggie Gaudio was the race champion, finishing the two-mile course in 12 minutes and eight seconds. Ty Clark, Lukas Nykaza, Emmett Kearns, Landyn Hannah, Ethan Peterka, Blake Dillman and Sean Dady-Dreher all finished in the top 15.
“We are deep in talent,” Clark said. “What one doesn’t see by looking at the race results is how many runners ran personal records today. From our number one runner, all the way through the last runner to cross the line for us, we looked really good.”
On the girls’ side, Ava Boyd placed tenth in the varsity race. Avah Turner was 14th and Reece Gallier was 19th. In the girls’ open race, M-S dominated yet again. Emmaline Culp was the top finisher, placing second. Ava Jansen took fourth. Chloe Bundren and Phoebe Truax placed fifth and sixth, respectively. Hadley Grotelueschen, Haley Reed, Ainsley Smith, Isabelle Scheele, Isabel Lietz, McKenzie Hissong and Isabelle Difanis all ran top-22 times as well.
“As a whole team, we are solid and will be for many years to come,” Clark said. “Our veterans have been standout runners for us and our new athletes have really stepped up to learn what it takes to reach personal records. Collectively, we are a strong team as we end this regular season.”
M-S will head into the postseason next week.
“While many ran personal records, others simply worked on specific spots of their race and improved in those areas,” Clark said.
“With this being our last regular season meet, a lot of runners left hungry to get back at training already for next season. For others, the reality that postseason is next week set in and the excitement of training for the upcoming sectional meet became reality.”