Van-Far cross country started its inaugural season this past Saturday in Mexico and already as a Top-15 medalist.
In a 65-runner meet featuring large schools like Mexico and Bowling Green, senior Lathyn McMorris placed eighth overall with a time of 18:30.56.
His time was the second-best time from an EMO Conference runner in the meet.
Teammate Sam Hazel, a junior, was 28th with a time of 20:27.36. Juniors Jayson Orr finished the race in 29:22.77 while Ethan Winders finished his race in 31:41.05.
“I thought the guys did a good job,” said Van-Far head coach Kris Cross.
Cross said McMorris and Hazel looked good in their second lap.
She also noted it was the first 5K for the runners.
Other runners who didn’t race included juniors Tyler Robinson, Logan Wilson, and Dominic Ramirez-Hazel.
The Lady Indians were led by sophomore Madelyn McAfee, who finished in 48th out of 65 runners with a time of 27:40.84. Senior Madeleine Dunn was right behind her with a time of 27:45.66 and junior Vanessa Martinez had a time of 28:28.24.
“The three of them were together during the first mile,” Cross noted. “…I thought the girls did an excellent job for their first time running a 5K…I thought Vanessa had an excellent race for her first time ever.”
Other runners on the team who didn’t compete include seniors Kenede Farrell and Taryn Adam.
At 4 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5, the cross country program will be hosting its first ever race that will run alongside the corn field between the high school and elementary school.
Cross said the parking lot will provide a great place to watch the race for those wanting to attend the triangular featuring Mark Twain and North Callaway.
Both the boys and girls teams expect to have a strong showing.
It is likely the North Callaway girls will show their dominance as they did when they won the Mexico Invitational on Saturday.
“I think it will be a good race,” Cross said on Van-Far’s first home race.