Cross Country races into season with early success
An Oklahoma earthquake wasn't the only thing making the earth tremble early Saturday morning, as the Cameron High School men and women's cross country teams experienced an outstanding start to their season.
Racing in St. Mary's Cross Country Invitational in Liberty, the Lady Dragons squad earned an impressive third place with 107 points, behind O'Hara and Holden High Schools.
Sophomore, Nicole Jackson, was the first CHS runner to cross the line, clocking a 17:29 (7th). On her heels was freshman Zoe Foreman with a time of 17:36 (8th). Kenzie Terhune finished at 18:40 (30th), Khayla Hollingsworth 18:43 (34th), Kylie Graham 18:52 (40th), and senior Lindsey Vaiciulis with a time of 21:18 (72nd). It is the first time the women's team has placed in the top three since the program was resurrected in 2011.
The men's team placed 8th out of 16 teams with a score of 182. Jacob Roach finished 32nd with a time of 15:28, Jacob Butler 35th (15:29), Jacob Barbee 40th (15:45), Josh Stevenson 50th (18:24), Alec Walser 51st (16:17), and Caleb Ramey 68th (18:30).
Other notable finishes included JV boys Zach Rauseo 22nd (18:24), Colten Pickeral 24th (19:05), Josh McMullen 32nd (21:03), and William Cunningham 22nd (8:27-2k course).
Coach Kurt Dickkut was pleased with the first race of the season. “The returning runners as a group did very well, and our athletes that were running their first high school race ever pushed themselves and should have impressed themselves. The course, while flat, provided its own set of challenges as there was standing water in sections and quite a few rough spots due to the 9 inches of rain that hit Liberty earlier in the week. I am glad to finally get our first competition under our belt, and hopefully we can build on our team and individual success throughout the season,” stated Dickkut.
In addition, Coach Dickkut acknowledged middle school cross country coach, Christie Webber, for the work she has done with the athletes, and former coach Matthew Brownsberger for bringing back the sport, and laying a strong foundation for the cross country program.