With only one senior on this year’s team, the Chewelah Cougar cross-country teams are looking forward to better seasons to come.
“We will hopefully have a lot of kids returning next fall,” said Coach Kevin Kernan, “but they are going to have to do a lot of off-season running to be able to be competitive.”
To be a force to be reckoned with next season, the Cougar runners are going to have to trim at least three minutes off their three-mile times. The top runners in the league run the 3.1-mile course in less than 17 minutes.
Quenton Smith, a freshman, is Chewelah’s fastest runner, but he ran last week’s District 6/7 Meet in Wenatchee in 19 minutes, 20 seconds. To become competitive, he needs to clip at least two minutes off that time.
Also running at Wenatchee were sophomores Noah Katona (20:45), Ben Eminger (20:53), Ridge Robison (21:42), and Noah Thompson (20:27). James Gilreath, a junior, ran the course in 21:42.
Only three Chewelah girls ran in last week’s race in Wenatchee. Carrisa Hall was the first Lady Cougar to cross the finish line with a time of 21 minutes, 52 seconds. Savannah Smith was timed at 24:53, and Carolyn Hall came in at 25:07.
By Geno Ludwig, The Independent Staff