Led by gold medalist Kaylah Romine (15:45) and bronze medalist Ruth Anthony (16:28), the Pratt High School girls crosscountry team took second at the Goddard Invitational Thursday.
In the 12-school meet whose course is dominated by the Lake Afton Dam feature, the Lady Greenbacks posted 51 points to give 4A #8 ranked Rose Hill (43) a bit of a scare.
The Lake Afton course is one of the more challenging the Greenbacks harriers face throughout the season, yet it has become one of their favorites.
In addition to crossing- and then later charging straight up- the dam, competitors also get to traverse a variety of woods and fields which makes it an interesting run.
Joining Romine and Anthony in the top ten was Nichole Moreland (6th, 17:07) who had her best race of the year as she continues to recuperate from a knee issue.
Rounding out the Pratt finishers were Carly Reid (23, 18:20) and Cassidy Cronister (25, 18:24.)
“The girls were terrific,” head coach Kathy Hitz enthused. “I don’t see how they could have done any better. They ran with intensity.”
On the boys side, Brendan Pribil continued his solid season with another top ten finish (8, 18:47.) Joseph Loomis was in the top 20 (17, 19:21.)
“Brendan did just what I wanted him to,” Hitz said of Pribil. “I told him I wanted him in the top 15 from the start. He did just that and moved on up.”
Other Pratt varsity finishers were Caleb Hitz (43, 20:50); Josh Powell (53, 21:28); Cooper Crump (65, 22:28), Will Fellhoelter (66, 22:35) and Zach Will ( 67, 23:03).
As a team, the boys finished in the middle of the 12-school pack, 6th with 151 points. 5A powerhouse Bishop Carroll won the meet with 40 points.
In the freshman boys race, Zach Claussen took 9th (12:58).
JV boys results included Chance Reh (22, 21:34), Hayden May (31, 22:15) and Dakota Venard (38, 22:39). The JV boys race was the largest of the day, with 80+ runners toeing the starting line.
Brittany Whitson ran in the JV girls race, completing the course in 24:33 for 52nd place.
“It was great to see Kaylah (Romine) break the 16 minute mark for the first time, and for Ruth (Anthony) to break 17,” Coach Hitz mentioned in summing up the meet. “We didn’t really show any sign of dead legs even though it was our second race this week.”
Romine, Anthony, Reid, Hitz, Whitson, Venard and Claussen all posted PRs; and Pribil, May, Moreland and Cronister each had their season best times.
It was a great day for the Greenback harriers. They will next show the home crowd what they can do as they host the Pratt Invitational next Thursday at 6th Street Park, 4:30 p.m.