The El Dorado boys cross country team raced their way to a first-place finish at the El Dorado Invitational at El Dorado Lake on Saturday, Oct. 6.

The 10-team field featured mostly 5A and 6A teams, but the Wildcats stood out and won with a team score of 70.

“In my 15 plus years with the team as an assistant coach and head coach, I don’t remember our boys team winning this meet,” said El Dorado head coach David Herrs.

“This feels like a big accomplishment for these guys. I hope this gives us enough confidence and momentum to finish our season on a strong note.”

The Wildcats feared that the meat might get cancelled due to stormy weather, but the skies cleared in time for the meet and the weather was favorable for the runners.

Ezekiel Kemboi took first overall with a time of 16:28.

“He is having such a solid season for us. For the third time this season, Ezekiel was an individual champion,” added Herrs.

Christian Price took seventh with a time of 17:29 and increased his season PR. Walt Jensen and Jeremiah Kemboi both finished with in 18:05, but Jensen edged Kemboi for 21st place, while Kemboi finished 22nd. Both Jensen and Kemboi finished with a new PR. Adam Haines finished in 26th place with a time of 18:12.

The Wildcats will be back in action again on on Thursday, Oct. 11 as they will compete for the league title at McPherson.

“Our six-team division of the AVCTL has some really strong teams. We will need to run well at all levels to score well as a team,” said Herrs.

“I hope that our performances today inspire us to practice strong and run well next week.”