Augusta XC Competes at Inaugural Iceberg Invitational
October 14, 2013Augusta Independent Schools
After two weeks off from competition, Augusta kicked off a busy month of October by traveling just down the road to Bracken County High School for their first cross country meet at their new course on Saturday, October 05.
Camryn Snapp led the varsity Panthers on what was a noticeably tough course. He finished 5th place with a time of 20:01. “I thought it was tougher than the Horse Park,” Snapp commented. Snapp raced at the Kentucky Horse Park at the state championship meet last year, and the entire Augusta team competed there in September. Snapp’s most recent performance at the Horse Park was a time of 18:21 on September 21.
Three of Augusta’s regular varsity runners were unable to attend the meet. Short-handed, a couple of other runners, eighth graders David Reed and Thomas Mains, ran varsity for the Panthers. “Thomas has been a varsity runner, but he’s been side-lined with some knee issues or been limited to 3K races the last month, so it was good to get him back out there. The knee issues aren’t gone, but we want to ensure he has enough meets to qualify for the region, while trying to keep him healthy,” Augusta Coach Tim Litteral stated. “We also decided earlier this week that we wanted to have David, who’s primarily been a middle school runner, be eligible for region, which requires running four high school races. I think the experience this year will benefit him next year.”
In the middle school race, where Augusta was short-handed due to other family obligations by two runners and sickness of another plus Reed running varsity, four Panthers earned medals. Kody Saylor led the way for the Panthers in the 3K race, placing 10th. Seth Haas was 13th, Skyler Haas 16th, and Seth Fouts 18th. For the girls’ race, Madison Kelsch placed 13th.
The meet marked the last race for the first year elementary team. In the girls’ race, three girls medaled: Karlie McBride placed 10th, Madison Wenz 24th, and Reagan Jett 27th. The boys team placed second and had multiple individuals in the top 20: Evan Brooks (12th), Noah Teegarden (14th), Joshua Bex (16th), and Connor Snapp (18th). “I think we had a good first year, considering this isn’t something these students had done before,” Litteral said. “I think this will help us in the future.”