Augusta Cross Country: Week 1
September 7, 2013Augusta Independent Schools
August 26 marked the first day cross country teams could compete in a regular season meet, and Augusta wasted no time getting started. The team had actually gotten its season underway on August 24, traveling to the Saturday Night Lights meet in Centerville, OH, for a practice meet.
They opened up the regular season by traveling to Ashland, KY, for the Early Season Showcase hosted by Fairview Independent. Several of Augusta’s sixth graders brought home medals for the K-6 race. For the girls’ 1-mile run, Madison Kelsch placed 10th with a time of 10:11. Cassie Bacon came in 17th, running the mile in 11:03. In the boys’ 1-mile run, Seth Fouts placed 7th with a time of 8:47, while Skyler Haas placed 10th, running 8:57. In the varsity boys’ race, times typical for this time of year were run. Leading Augusta was sophomore Camryn Snapp, complete the 5K in 20:03, placing 26th out of 115. The next closest Panther was Thomas Mains, finishing in 22:48.
On August 31, Augusta traveled to the Ryle Invitational to take on the northern Kentucky competition. For many of the middle school runners, this was their first 3K race (1.86 miles). David Reed ran the quickest time for the Panthers, finishing in 15:46. Seth Fouts was the second Augusta runner to finish with a time of 16:55. In the boys’ varsity 5K, 149 runners stepped to the starting line. Snapp led the way for the Panthers, finishing 32nd in 18:04. “Camryn took two minutes off of his time from Tuesday. I know Ryle is known as a fast course, but that’s still good to see,” Coach Litteral commented. “Had he been running in the JV race, which is probably more of his age group, he finishes first, based on his time.” Nick Zeidler knocked a minute off of his previous 5K time, while Jessie Zornes crossed the finish line six minutes sooner.