The El Dorado cross country team hosted other 4A, 5A, and 6A schools at El Dorado State Park on Saturday, Oct. 7 for the 2017 Wildcat Invitational. The Boys team finished ninth out of 18 with three individuals earning medals. Coach David Herrs believes the boys team is capable of much more.
“I’m not sure we had a good day top-to-bottom.” said Herrs.
“Trying to encourage them, I told the boys afterward that although we finished 9th, if we would have all ran well we could have conceivably finished as high as fourth. There was a near 40 point difference between us and fourth place, but I think we could have gotten there on a good day.”
Cale Carson finished second overall, which is the best finish for the Wildcats at this meet since 2011. Carson finished the course in 16 minutes, 52 seconds.
“Cale continues to run well for us. He has struggled at our home course at times in the past, I hope his performance today gave him some real confidence.”
Juniors Ezekiel Kemboi and Christian Price also medalled for the Wildcats. Kemboi took 22nd with a time of 17:49, while Price finished three seconds behind him in 23rd place.
The El Dorado girls team has only three girls running this year: Phoebe Roop, Sydney Armijo, and Bailey Camien. All three are freshman.
“Our three freshmen girls continue to learn and improve. We are running them at the JV level, and I think they are slowly but surely getting better. They didn’t post their best times of the year today, but I think it is possible they might have run their best race so far this season. I told them this after the race. Although they wanted their times to be faster, I think they understood the difference in their performances.”
The Wildcats will compete again this Thursday at Buhler for the AVCTl-III meet, followed by regionals on Saturday, Oct. 21 in El Dorado.