Girls Middle School Cross Country, Girls Varsity Cross Country · Four Lady Kougar Cross Country Runners Advance to Regional as Individuals

KV’s girls’ cross country team had their best meet of the year at Saturday’s sectional.  Although their 7th place team finish with 154 points vs. better competition than last year, did not advance as a team, it was favorable in comparison to 2014.  They did however advance 4 individual runners to regional this year, twice as many as last season, and ran four season-bests (SB) and/or personal records (PR) when it mattered most, especially challenging with various factors greatly hindering their training.  Soph. Crystal Benitez  faced many obstacles on Saturday, and overcame them all, placing 26th in a time of 23:08. Despite being sick all week, falling at the beginning of the race and getting accidently spiked during the race, “CB” went from roughly the mid 30’s with 2+ miles left, to 26th, to garner KV’s first individual regional spot. Seniors Kaila Moskalick and Leah Gouwens blasted their first miles and then hung on for 31st in a SB time of 23:29 for Moskalick, and 33rd in a PR time of 23:39 for Gouwens, also a VB star, to also punch their tickets to regional.  Fr. Hazel Veldman provided the biggest pleasant surprise, returning to action with a PR time of 23:59, good for 35th place and the final individual regional spot.  Ally Schumacher also returned to action, and the 2014 regional qualifier ran a SB time of 24:36, good for 41st, with Kailee VanNieulande-49th in 26:27.  While happily the 2015 season continues, and despite losing juniors Allison Schultheis and Breanna Rose for the season to injury, KV’s girls’ cross country program appears to be trending upward.  With better health and more training through the season and the year, including the summer, more good things can be accomplished.  Coach Lane Lewallen commented: “We weren’t sure what to expect coming in, but it was very nice to have a full team, run two PR’s and two SB’s and for four girls to get out (to regionals as individuals.)  If you don’t advance as a team, the next best thing in “individual” sports is for as many individuals to move on as possible.”  The coaching staff would like to thank all the family, friends, teachers (including AD Doug Greenlee) and teammates  for coming out to cheer the KV runners on. Best wishes to all runners in the New Prairie Regional this Saturday.