Both Pacific cross country teams raced their way into the top 10 Saturday.
The boys team finished ninth while the girls placed 10th at the Hancock Invitational.
Will Green had the highest finish of any Pacific runner, coming in 22nd. His time was 18:22.09.
“Will is a consistent runner and showed a lot of grit in the later parts of the race,” Head Coach Justin Perriguey said.
Teammate Connor Robinson finished just 10 seconds later in 28th place, crossing the finish line at a season best 18:32.28. Five runners later, Cody Conway finished with a personal record of 18:40.84.
“This was really impressive on such a hot day,” Perriguey said. “They both ran incredibly smart races and used the layout of the course to their advantage with the long downhills throughout the race. As the temperatures drop in the next month, I expect their times will continue to improve.”
Samuel Skaggs finished 51st and Saxon Hagemann 61st to round out the Indians’ scoring at 189 points. Noah Benzabeh finished 69th.
Pleasant Hill won the race with a score of 81. Mexico’s Alex Dukes posted the best individual finish in the race, 16:47.16
Sarah Aehle posted the best finish for the Lady Indians, 23:25.59. She was the 35th runner to cross the finish line.
“Sarah has been running very consistent the last few weeks,” Perriguey said. “Hailey Mann, senior, had her best race of the season and competed hard the entire race. We were without a couple (of) girls and one of our boys that are typically in our scoring positions. We look forward to getting them back in the lineup in the next few weeks.”
Mann finished 44th with her best time of the season, 24:18.94.
Faith Gerling, 48th, Cori O’Neill, 73rd, and Riley O’Neill, 74th, contributed to the team score of 248. No other Lady Indians ran in that race.
Helias Catholic won the team race, scoring 66 points. Sarah Moore, running for Ste. Genevieve, had the best individual finish with a time of 20:17.56.