The El Dorado Wildcats cross country teams visited the Rolling Hills Country Club in McPherson to participate in the the McPherson Invitational on Thursday.
It was a sunny and warm day for the El Dorado runners.
"We are fighting injuries right now. Four of our runners did not compete at all, three others were not at full strength. We are hoping that we can get through this in time to field a full squad next Saturday (Sept. 29) at Newton," said El Dorado head coach David Herrs.
El Dorado was only able to field a full team at the varsity boys level.
The El Dorado boys finished 5th overall.
McPherson is a tough course, with lots of rolling hills. McPherson made some adjustments to their course, changing the comparablity of El Dorado's times this year to previous years.
Several runners did record meet PRs. Some of the El Dorado first-year runners are still improving their times each week.
"I think to compete well here, a runner has to be mentally tough for the entire race to fight the urge to slow down," said Herrs. "I challenged our team this week to stay tough and compete for their entire race. I wish we'd been able to run our entire team to see how we would have stacked up against the competition."
Out of 47 runners Faith Hadley finished 10th and medaled for El Dorado.
Tori Gricol was 26th with a PR of :36.
Breck Towner was 18th and had a PR of :31 and Sam Haines was 21st with a time 19:01.
"I was fairly pleased with our individual results. I thought Faith Hadley, Tori Gricol, Jacob Harding and Trey Duran had a pretty good race, among others," said Herrs.
Runner Final Time Final Place Honors
JV Boys – 50 runners
Bill Crowley 27:45 46th
Varsity Girls – 47 runners
Faith Hadley 17:19 10th medalist, meet PR (by:26)
Tori Gricol 18:39 26th meet PR (by :36)
Katy Swan 19:57 39th meet PR (by :13)
Varsity Boys – 54 runners
Breck Towner 19:01 18th meet PR (by :31)
Sam Haines 19:19 21st
Jacob Harding 20:11 34th PR (by :09)
Trey Duran 20:33 39th PR (by :06)
Tanner Clites 21:11 43rd meet PR (by 1:29)
Jacob Anders 21:12 44th PR (by :44)
Team Scores Varsity Boys
1 Buhler 44, 2 Maize South 58, 3 Hutchinson 69, 4 McPherson 95, 5 El Dorado 155, 6 Newton 160, 7 Hays 161, 8 Salina Central 161, 9 Salina South 217