Pacific cross country Head Coach Justin Perriguey called this Saturday the most successful meet of the season for his team.
Pacific’s boys ran second in their division at the Capital City Invitational in Jefferson City with a score of 67. The girls team ran fifth, scoring 108. Helias won the boys race with a score of 36. Helias posted the top score, 29, in the girls race as well.
Jack Crull,16:42.64, of Helias and Ava Hollman, 19:46.58, for Westminster had the best individual times in the respective divisions.
The top five Indians’ runners in the boys race each finished with a new personal best.
“We were missing one of our usual top five boys, who was under the weather,” Perriguey said. Connor Robinson was the absent runner. “The rest of the boys knew they needed to step up in his absence.”
Will Green had the best individual finish for Pacific, coming in fourth with a time of 17:24.47.
The rest of the Indians top five were Saxon Hagemann (Ninth, 17:56.12), Cody Conway (12th, 18:17.32), Samuel Skaggs (22nd, 19:07.79) and Noah Benzabeh (23rd, 19:08.95).
“That is an average time of 18:22, without one of our regular top guys,” Perriguey said. “That depth will help us through the next few weeks.”
Brayden Van Meter finished 24th, Sam Dean 28th and Jacob Ballydier 41st.
Sarah Aehle had the fastest finish for the Pacific girls, coming in 17th at 21:33.76.
“Sarah led the way for our girls running a smart race,” Perriguey said. “Our other seniors, Faith Gerling, Hailey Mann and Riley O’Neill, all ran season-best times. The weather conditions were ideal. The course was laid out extremely well. Our upper class runners have now run on that course anywhere from four to six times. It was great to see our runners compete well against tough competition. The mixed race of Class 3 and Class 4 runners is interesting and it helps the athletes compete against runners they do not usually get to race against.”
Gerling placed 20th, Mann 25th, Megan Felts 27th and Riley O’Neill 36th to round out the team score.
Cori O’Neill ran 43rd.
Aehle, Felts and Cori O’Neill’s times at the race were each personal bests.