Kristina Clayton, Staff Writer – September 23, Lecanto High School [LHS]’s cross country team attended an invitation cross country meet hosted by Crystal River High School.
In total, 13 schools participated. The LHS girls’ varsity team placed fourth, boys’ both varsity and junior varsity placed third, and girls’ junior varsity placed first, each in their respective classes.
The course was tough for the runners because of the sandy areas, but the LHS teams did well regardless.
Freshman Jordan Prinner said, “The course wasn’t the worst so far. It was sandy, but it wasn’t a super slow course, so I was happy.”
“It wasn’t the best, but for the season so far, it was a pretty good race,” said Sydney Roessler, senior.
Several LHS runners ran their best times of the season, some even running overall personal bests.
Runners have been training dutifully all season and felt they were ready to perform their best at the race.
“Everyone gets nervous, but I feel pretty good. I have been working hard all week, and I’m confident in my ability to do well,” said Prinner before he ran.
Sophomore Gavin Coe said, “I feel prepared. I did pretty good at practice, and I think it will be a good race. I could get a personal record if I tried hard enough,” which he did.
“I am excited to test my abilities,” said junior Josh Widener.
Darrick Buettner, cross country coach, took pride in his runners’ performances, and believed that it was a good day despite it being a hard course.
“It’s a great team, and I’m pleased to see everyone improving and running. They are all good kids,” said Buettner.
The teams placed in all races they participated in, and many performed better than their usual.
Junior Sean Murray, top varsity runner, said “The team did great. It was a tough race but all the times looked good.”