FIRST RACE, FIRST PLACE. At the end of the first cross country meet of the season, juniors Megan Dolan (second right) and Hannah Foley (second left) show off their 1st and 3rd place medals with junior Samantha Matey (far left), coach John Stromberg, and sophomore Drayton Bourne (far right). photo/Katherine van Gelder

At the Kowboy XC Invitational on Saturday, the cross country team set a new course record and overcame adversity.

Junior Megan Dolan led the girls varsity team with a first-place finishing time of 19:23.60, setting a course record, with junior Hannah Foley behind her in 3rd at 19:37.30. The girls varsity scored 107 and placed 3rd. 

The boys varsity team was led by four runners who each accomplished a personal record finish: senior Robert Schneeberger with 17:34.04, junior Gian Thundiyil with 17:39.98, junior Isaiah Tanon with 18:12.04 and senior Karl van Gelder with 18:20.27. The boys varsity team scored 142 points and landed in 4th place.

The JV boys also excelled with runners in 1st, 2nd and 3rd led by sophomore Haiden Jackson, winning 1st place.

Despite it being the first meet of the season, their team spirit was strong. Jack Krantz, a 2021 Boone graduate and alumnus of the team came out to show some spirit and boost the team’s morale. When head coach Brandon Roush wasn’t able to attend in person, coach John Stromberg and Dallin Larsen took over for the meet. Even so, after the meet, the team FaceTimed Roush to share their personal record achievements.

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