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Walkersville Cross Country Team Takes On a Mountain Race

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x countryby Sam Newman

On September 10th, the varsity Walkersville Cross Country placed 6th out of 19 teams at a meet at Woodsboro Park hosted by Oakdale and Thomas Johnson.

For those who don’t know Cross Country runs a 5K. This run was more challenging than the others since there is a giant hill you have to run up twice and downhill once. That’s why this meet at Woodsboro is called the “Mountain Race.”

The boy’s team had six runners compete in the varsity event. All of Walkersville’s runners placed in the top 60. Senior Captain, Henry Reichard got third place overall on a time of 17 minutes and 48.4 seconds.

When I asked him about his performance he said, “I feel I did pretty well.” He said he plans on improving so he can compete with the top runner in the county.

The other runners did well too. Freshman Grant Rasband finished 22nd which was enough to get him a ribbon. Sophomore Joey Moss finished 32nd. Freshman,Will Staab finished 48th with Junior, Blake Capella finishing two places behind him. Junior Captain, Carlos Morales finished 57th.

I asked the guys how they felt about their performance. They had this to say:

Rasband said “It was fun. I set my personal record and felt I did really well.”

Staab said “I did well, but I really struggled with the hill.”

The varsity girls raced right after all the guys finished. All three of their runners finished above 65th.

Senior Captain, Erin Ashley finished 24th. Junior, Cara Netzer finished 39th. Freshman Abby Engel finished 63rd.

When I asked Ashley how she felt she did she said “I feel I did pretty well.” She also said “I’m sad that this is the last time I got to participate in the Mountain Race.”

I asked Andrew Stakem how he felt about his varsity’s team performance he said that “We did very well. We worked on a couple of things in practice. We were able to improve on them and that helped us here.”


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