“That was a great finish!”, exclaimed a bystander after seeing Shelby freshman Lindsey Trantham hurdle over a waist-high hay bale and sprint past several runners in the final 100 meters before the finish line of the Hill and Bale 5000 meter run.
“I love to see my runners be mentally and physically competitive. Cross-country is one of the hardest sports you can do, but at the same time it’s one that everyone can compete in at any level, no matter where you’re at.”, commented Coach Cornaby.
Lindsey improved on her first meet time, finishing up in 31st place with a time of 26:44.9. In fact, the entire Girls Varsity team improved their times, showing their hard-work in practice is bringing positive results. One runner in particular, Jill Mitteer, lowered her time by more than 9 minutes – this in a sport where the top seasoned athletes look to improve by a few seconds during a single season.
Maya Cornaby was to top finisher for the Shelby team in 20th place with a time of 25:40.9. Devan Yeagar, another freshman, showed her spirit as she finished 43rd with a time of 28:22.3. Claire Peterson was just a few steps behind in 45th place and a time of 28:49.8. Rounding out the top five spot on the team was Marah Olmstead, coming in 53rd place at 30:12.2. Jill Mitteer was 54th at 32:02.7. The seventh slot on the Girls Varsity team went to newcomer and German foreign exchange student, Alex Habicht, who came in 56th place in a time of 33:17.3. Also running for the Lady Tigers was Gillian Parzych (58th, 35:20.2), and Maddie Hawk (60th, 37:01.1). Maddie is not only Alex’s teammate, but part of her host family.
Scoring for Cross Country meets is kind of like golf – the lower the score the better. Teams get points for their place finishers, so a 1st place finish would get 1 point for the team, a 10th place would get 10 points, etc. There are usually 7 runners on a team, but only the top 5 finishers are counted toward the team points, meaning the cumulative point finishes are added up for the team score. If a team runs with fewer than 5 runners, then the team score is not counted in the final standings. Official meet results can usually be found a few hours after the competition concludes on the website www.athletic.net.