CC runners endure two meets in one week

Maddie Grisham and Amber Braniff pacing each other at Jewell. -Reporter photo by Kathy Pierce

Ogden runners who were at South Central Calhoun Thursday, would have a quick turnaround, competing in the cross country race just two days later at Jewell.

Panorama will once again host the WCAC meet scheduled for this Thursday. The state-qualifying district competition is set for Thursday, Oct. 19.

The high school boys ran their best overall team race of the season, which is just what Coach Ryan Kobliska wanted to see as they approach their championship meets in the coming weeks. The boys had six medalists and scored only 57 points in the 14 team meet, second overall to a great race by Woodward Academy, one of the top 10 teams in the state.

Garrett Buxton and Gershom Levi worked together throughout the race to secure two low scores. Landon Smith set an aggressive early pace and held on to earn his first medal of the season.

Rhett Johnson ran a strong race to lead the JV boys group and earned a medal for his 10th place finish. 

“Fast times were hard to come by on the hilly course, but Trey Minnihan set a personal best and just missed a medal in 16th place,” said Kobliska.

“Our high school girls are running much better than we were several weeks ago, placing 5th out of 12 teams, but we’ll still need to make another step forward to reach our season goals.”

Camryn Buxton passed ten runners in the final mile to move up to 7th place, just 23 seconds behind Hannah Booth’s 21:39. No other team had two girls in the top ten. Kobliska says any team score improvement at this point will have to come from the rest of our scorers.

Abby Bryan set a big personal record to take 4th place in the JV race. Emma Blair also medaled with her 14th place finish.

“It’s great to see both our boys and girls teams running well as we prepare for our conference and district meets in the next two weeks,” concluded Kobliska.

Read more in the Oct. 11 issue of The Ogden Reporter.