Cross-Country runners set personal records at Chile Pepper

Ella Stone, Staff Writer

Both varsity girls and varsity boys cross country teams did well at the Chile Pepper meet last weekend with 17 runners setting personal records.

All of the varsity girls broke their season personal records last weekend at the meet in Fayetteville, Ark. Six runners came in with times under 22 minutes, including: Gray Blevins, Coffey Collier, Ale Grella, Kathryn Hadrava, Maggie Kirt and Torie Whitbeck.

For Kirt, a junior who has been running since freshman year, this was her second trip to Chile Pepper.

“I think everyone left happy with how they ran,” Kirt said. “Until Chile, we had performed well individually, but in Chile we performed amazingly as a team.”

For the boys, varsity runner Will Leonard, senior, dropped a full minute–running a 16:38.

 Others setting new personal records were: Andrew Black, Braedon Black, Oliver Gummerson, Joe Hoch, Henry Ison, Sterling Kovash, Michael Sherman and James Shultz.

“We did great,” junior Andrew DeKeratry said. “Coach Hamilton has been coaching cross country for 15 years and as of that race, we’re the fastest team he’s ever coached.”