Submitted by Coach Chad Russell

On Saturday, the Springville Cross Country Team competed in the Red Dragon Invitational.  The race was held at the Bemus Point golf course hosted by Maple Grove School. The course for the race is the same course that will be used for Sectionals, which is the end of the year race to see who will represent Section 6 at the State meet.  Over 50 teams showed to the invitational to preview the sectional course. In the small school race, 25 teams competed and with a majority of the top teams at the race, this meet proved to be a great test of how teams will fair for the season.

The guys raced exceptionally strong and on this day were fast enough to go home with top honors.  Brett Russell and Jared Hecht both finished in the top 10 with a third and ninth place finish, respectively, out of a field of 160 runners. They both had their fastest races to date with a 17:14 and 17:31.

Trailing close behind were the talented Mikey Evans and Zack Peterman. Hecht, Evans and Peterman ran as a tight group for the first two miles, impressing onlookers,  and helped keep Springville’s score low (low score wins in cross country).

Nate Myers ran a strong race to finish the scoring for the team. In Nate’s last mile, he successfully held off enough of the competition to help the guys’ team enjoy a close and hard fought victory.

This season looks to be a stellar year for the guys and it will be exciting to see how the year plays out.  The team is blessed with a very talented pack of guys who can support that top five. In the same race, Austin Yetter and Elliot Emyle were not far behind the top five.

In the JV race, Harley Maloy showed that he is ready to push the top guys by finishing 19th out of the 220 JV racers. Luke Waterman, Frank Uschold and Casey Waterman are also pushing the top five and are great examples of the team’s depth.

The girls team had a solid showing at the invitational, led by Sonya Krezmien, who finished 6th overall in her race out of a field of 150.  Sonya looks to be as strong as she was two years ago when she finished 10th at the state invitational.

Hannah Goetz, Jaime Dickinson and Eveyln Smith had very good races as well. The girls were missing three of their top seven at this race, so they could not place as a team this weekend.

Next weekend, the girls should be at full strength and we will get a better idea of how strong really is.