The NCOE junior high cross country team competed at Centralia at the Class S Pre-State meet on Saturday, September 29. This meet is the largest meet in which NCOE competes. Over 550 runners would compete on the day from almost every Class S school in the SIJHSAA.
The first race of the day was met with a stellar run from the NCOE JV boys squad. They were led by lightning-fast 7th-grader, Caleb Prather, who will win the race with a time of 7:44 on the 1.24 mile course. Mason Johnson (7th grade) also looked impressive running just seconds behind with a time of 7:48 and finishing 2nd. Lane Connaway would round out this outstanding group of 7th graders with a time of 8:08 and finishing in 5th place. Fourth-grader, Greyson Goebel, would be the next runner to cross the line in 14th place with a time of 8:28. Max Riggs (5th grade), Stryder Ramsey (7th grade), and Brody Warren (4th grade) would finish in close succession with times of 9:11, 9:32, and 9:44 and in 42nd, 54th, and 62nd places out the 124 runners in the race. Inevitably, with such a great showing, NCOE was bound to get a team trophy. When the results came out, NCOE was on top with a team score of 57. This was the JV boys first trophy of the year. There were 29 schools competing in the race.
The next race would feature the J.V. girls putting together a phenomenal performance of their own. They were led by 6th grader trio, Mattie McArthy, Reagan Goebel, and Alexis Rush who would finish in 2nd, 4th and 6th place among the 81 runners with times of 8:42, 8:51, and 9:04 on the 1.24 mile course. Fourth-graders, Amelia Douglass and Finlee Hite, crossed the line soon after in 9th and 10th place with times of 9:13 and 9:14. Kate Vollman (5th grade) and Olivia Sutton (4th grade) would finish up for the team in 13th and 36th place with times of 9:26 and 10:04. With taking five of the top ten places in the race, it was impossible for NCOE not to receive a trophy, and they did, taking first place out of the 21 schools represented with a near perfect score of 26 points.
Next, NCOE’s varsity boys would compete on the 1.86 mile varsity course. This is the same course that will be used at state in 2 weeks. They were led by Hunter Mayberry and Braden Mendoza who came in 32nd and 60th among the 161 runners with times of 11:40 and 12:24. The rest of the team finished as follows: Jaden Simmon: 79th place- 12:42, Wyatt Wells: 135th place- 14:29, Kaygen Basinger: 157th place- 16:41, and Jaxen Simmons: 158th place- 17:08. The boys would finish with a team score of 370 point and in 16th of the 33 schools represented.
In the 4th race on the day, the varsity girls put together a competitive performance finishing in 6th place of the 32 schools represented with a team score of 203 points. Bree Vollman was the lead runner for the girls finishing in 17th place with a time of 12:27. Ebany Jolley and Lydia Vinyard were the next two runners to finish with times of 12:52 and 13:14 and in 29th and 40th place. The rest of the Cards would finish as follows: Kate Bond: 84th place- 14:19, Amanda Bradley: 93rd place- 14:32, Cora Humphrey: 110th place- 15:07, and Trinity Boyd: 117th place- 15:32. Also, competing in the open race, NCOE was represented by Aaliya Robinson, Izzy Dolden, and Cadee Humphrey. Aaliya would put together her best performance of the year leaving behind the competition. She came in 1st place with a time of 9:24 on the 1.24 mile course. Izzy and Cadee would finish 2nd and 5th in the race with times of 10:12 and 11:31. Coach Goebel stated the following concerning the races, “I was very pleased with how things turned out today. I think we will have a great shot at bringing home a state trophy in a couple of weeks. These guys have been working hard and it shows at every meet.”
The NCOE team traveled to Harrisburg on Tuesday, October 2nd (results will be posted next week) and will travel to Pope Co. next Tuesday, October 9. The state meet will be held in Centralia, Ill., on October 13.