Cross Country runners have strong legacy to catch up to

Anna Stock – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – While it has only been two weeks since the LRHS cross-country season began, Junior Varsity (JV) and varsity teams are being finalized. With the seniors from last year leading to successful state finishes, the pressure is on the incoming freshmen as well as some of last year’s runners to maintain last year’s success.

Some of the incoming freshmen to look out for include Amelia Skoumal, Riley Bradshaw, Tanner Toler, and Owen Catlett. These four freshmen have some of the fastest times from their middle school meets as well as other timed events done in practice.

JV and varsity is determined by an “intrasquad” meet that’s held during practice, and it consists of a 5k cross-country course in which everyone participates. The top seven varsity spots are determined by the top seven fastest times.

All four freshmen secured spots on varsity, and will be competing on varsity as long as their times exceed those of JV runners.

The top varsity times were posted by junior Johnny Reid with a time of 17:30, sophomore Ava Klein with 20:54, senior Kyle Wray with 18:13, and senior Shay Lee with 21:41. The freshmen times were not far behind with Catlett and a time of 19:56, Toler at 19:32, Skoumal at 21:27, and Bradshaw at 22:06.

“I’m so excited to start my freshman year as a varsity runner, it’s going to be a long and hard season, but I can’t wait to make so many new friends and memories,” stated Skoumal.

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