Community R-VI’s cross country squad took part in the 34th annual Linn Invitational on a sunny, 68-degree Saturday, September 8.
Against 96 other girls, Leah Mays ran her first 5K and missed a medal by one place. Mays placed 31st with a time of 23:59. Kaitlin Orr placed 46th with a time of 24:56, taking three-and-a-half minutes off her time the week prior at the Mexico meet. The boys team faced 122 runners at the meet. Ryan Kitchen placed 78th with a time of 21:20. Just behind Kitchen, Cameron Foreman took 79th running a time of 21:27.
“Cameron had a really nice kick to beat out another runner right at the finish,” Community R-VI Coach Kris Cross said.
“This was the first time we ran a complete team, which was really nice,” Cross said. “The boys team was 14th. The team has been working really hard in practice and I thought that it really showed.”
The Community R-VI cross country team met six schools at the Clopton meet, with the boys and girls team placing third.
Community R-VI’s first runner was Ryan Kitchen, who placed ninth with a time of 19:26. Kitchen beat his personal record of 19:55, held the previous year. Cameron Foreman placed 13th with a time of 20:40. Third for the team was Lance Gibson, placing 14th with a time of 21:01.
“Besides Ryan, all of the rest of the boys team were about a minute faster than last meet, too,” Cross said. “ As a coach, it is always nice to see the times dropping every meet and see everyone improving. That is all I can ask for.”
On the girls team, Orr was the only runner —placing third with a time of 24:41.
“(Orr) also improved from the last meet and is working very hard in practice,” Cross said.