Dragons, Lady Dragons XC shows promise early
Cameron High School boys and girls cross country runners hope to build off their early success in 2020 after a strong performance last Saturday.
Although missing a slew of competitors from last Saturday’s 48th St. Mary’s Cross Country Invitationals, the Dragons and Lady Dragons managed to place a handful of runners in the top 10 of the all-class meet.
“We did alright. Everybody that was returning improved on their places from last year,” Dickutt said. “We’re doing alright. We could do a little bit better, but everyone is in the ballpark of where I thought they would be … I’m pleased with how we’re doing.”
Dragons take eighth after lightning delay
Early morning downpours delayed the start of the race, and in the process rendered parts of the course a muddy mess. Senior Tyler Husch, who finished first among CHS runners with a time of 20:39 and 11th overall, said the slightest misstep could have dropped him out of the top 20.
“I didn’t really start to feel [the humidity] in the first half of the race. The second half of the race, when we were coming up the hill with all of the mud, I really started to feel it,” Husch said. “Especially at the end, when I had to push it, I really didn’t want to … I felt like I was going to slip a couple of times.”
Senior Jacob Bryant took 27th (21:57) followed by sophomore Deacon Bell at 51st (24:11), junior Kaden Turner at 58th (26:13) and sophomore Carson Kern at 59th (26:19). Sophomore Caleb Husch (27:27) took 52nd and senior Joseph Ramsey took 53rd. As a team the Dragons finished eighth. In the junior varsity race, senior Caden Hanrahan finished first with a time of 23:03. Freshman Gavin Pinkston took first in the freshmen/first-year runner race with a time of 11:58.
“ Today was pretty good. There is always room for improvement and I started off a little too fast. It’s a good start,” Husch said.
Paired down Lady Dragons shine
Although the Cameron Lady Dragons did not have enough runners to compete as a team, the ones performing Saturday made their presence known. Senior Payton Dickutt finished 21st overall (26:21), followed by senior Haley Wilson at 22nd (26:39) and junior Natalie Huff took 51st (31:24).
“Overall, I’m pretty impressed with how I ran. We were supposed to go at 8:15 a.m. and we started at 10:15 a.m.,” Payton Dickutt said. “We had to run through all of the mud and by the end it felt like I had bricks on my feet. It was insane. It was probably one of the hardest races I’ve done both physically and mentally.”