Old Abes Fly by Competition at Home Cross Country Meet

Evelyn Durkee, Student Writer

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Many people would agree that the cloudy, forty-five degree weather of Saturday, October 6th is not your ideal day. On the contrary, to all the cross country runners of Eau Claire Memorial, it was a perfect racing day for their 5,000 meter race. The Memorial Cross Country team was hosting their home meet at South Middle School, where teams from around the area were coming to race. These teams included Chippewa Falls, DC Everest, Eau Claire North, Fall Creek, Glenwood City, Hudson, Immanuel Lutheran, McDonell Central, Menomonie, New Richmond, Osceola, Rice Lake, and River Falls. Altogether, there were 319 runners for boys races; 200 running junior varsity; 119 running for varsity. For the girls races, there were 255 runners; 146 junior varsity runners; 109 varsity runners. Each team had their eight fastest runners running for varsity, and the rest were junior varsity competitors.

The varsity boys started off the morning running at ten in the morning. They were followed by the girl’s varsity race at ten-thirty, then boys junior varsity at eleven, and, finally, girls junior varsity at eleven-thirty. The course started by South Middle School, going out to trails by the sporting fields winding onto a golf course and finishing back at South Middle School. It was a generally flat course, with only a few hills, making it a faster course. Many runners got their personal record for the season at this meet, and many teams did very well. Memorial boys varsity and junior varsity both took first place at the meet, varsity with 39 points, junior varsity with 15 points.

For the boys varsity race, Memorial boys fastest runner, twelfth grader Zak Sather, took second place in the race with a time of 16:38. The other varsity runners for Memorial; Scout Stokes, Andrew Vierbicher, George Lynch, Carter Wood, Cole Long, Gabe Durkee, and Nick Wenger all ran very fast races as well. Memorial girls varsity took fourth place, with their top runner, ninth grader Jillian Heth finishing in third with a time of 19:33. The other varsity runners, Ava Pankratz, Mea Hanson, Sabrina Hagstrom, Hailey Sorenson, Savanna Garborg, Morgan Priem, and Rachel Anderson all ran good races as well.

Junior varsity for Memorial boys took first place, with fifteen points, meaning the first 5 finishers of the race were from the Memorial team. The first finisher for this race was senior Ameer Zurob, with a time of 18:18. The other six boys who placed for Memorial was Parker Bestland, Calder Bica-harrison, Noah Moss, Alex Harder, Kai Liljeqvist, and Garrett Secker. Memorial girls junior varsity also did very well, taking second place with 43 points. Abby Wall, a freshman, finished first for Memorial girls, fifth place overall. Her time was 21:57. The other six girls placing for Memorial was Shelbie Willie, Hadley Southworth, Rachel Grant, Rose Luepke, and Evelyn Durkee.

Many Memorial High School students were able to come and support their fellow runners, and helped encourage their school’s team. Memorial’s 2018 home meet was a very exciting race with many fast results.

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