The middle school “Running Cats” opened their season on Thursday with the Clearwater Invitational.
The temperature was in the low 90s with wind of 15 miles per hour from the south, other than the heat, it was a great day for racing.
The El Dorado Middle School team had 22 runners elgible runners and 13 of them medaled.
‘This was a good meet for the team because it gave them an opportunity to see what the competition will be like the rest of the season and what they have to do in order to be (and stay) competitive,” said EMS head coach Les Limon.
Jarin Koehler and Ezekiel Kemboi led the 7th grade boys, getting 6th and 9th place respectively.
“We have a good bunch of 7th grade boys who are running about the same times and will push each other during the season,” said Limon.
Tyler Luehrs and newcomer Cale Carson winning 24th and 25th place led the 8th grade boys.
The 8th grade girls were successful because of the number of girls racing.
Grace Myers was passed at the finish line and won third place.
Cassidy Hamilton led the 7th grade girls, winning 18th place.
“I was very pleased with our showing at this early meet,” said Limon.
The Cats will run next this Saturday at Wellington.
8th grade girls
Grace Myers—16.19 (3), McKenna Stewart—19.14 (13), Heather Doan—21.58 (20) BreAnna Simmons—22.28 (21)
8th grade boys
Tyler Luehrs—16.02 (24), Cale Carson—16.04 (25), Mason Paye—16.20 (27), Garett Motter—18.56, Dylan Brown—20.00
7th grade girls
Cassidy Hamilton—8.06 (18), Faith Clark—9.27, Augie Holmes—11.12, Ashaleigha Wehry—14.04
7th grade boys
Jarin Koehler—6.18 (6), Ezekiel Kemboi—6.29 (9), Christian Price—6.41 (15), Adam Haines—7.05 (24), Trey Myers—7.12 (30), Tristen Rogers—7.52, Nicholas Heilman—8.07, Seth Flurry—8.21, Dwa-vi Deslouches—12.02