DIAMOND — If you’ve ever wondered whether or not Cross Country was a spectator sport, one only needed to take a glimpse near the track early Tuesday evening to witness hundreds of onlookers not only rooting for their runners, but actually trekking around the facilities cheering on those athletes at different points of the race.
Thomas Chabrecek from Crane crossed the finish line first, some 30 seconds ahead of the next runner, and Lamar’s team captured first place honors and six of the top ten individual finishes at the Diamond Invitational on Tuesday.
The Wildcats, who finished the event in fourth place behind Lamar (27), Crane (72) , and Seneca (83), medaled four runners (top 20 runners in each division received medals) while posting their best team total of the season at 88 points. Appearing on the medal stand for the first time this season, seniors Trent Hayes (20th, 20:02) and Logan Myers (17th, 19:33) and freshman Nick Stephens (16th, 19:29) all helped guide the Wildcats to their second best finish of the season.
Sophomore Janzen White held on to the top spot with a season best 12th place with a time of 19:07 while senior Blake Shepherd completed the scoring, finishing 30th (20:46). Freshmen Logan Hopper, Dylan Myers, and Kyle Hayes finished the course in 37th, 45th, and 46th, respectively. Sophomore Alyssa Longman completed the newly designed course in a season best 16th place (27:10) and junior Cady Littlefield pierced the top 10 for her best finish as well at 8th overall (24:33). Diamond will again host a meet on Oct. 16.