Three Tiger Cross Country runners competed at the Class 4A State meet Saturday at Gordon Cooper Technology Center. The runners’ finishing times were not where they planned as they battled a muddy course and chilly temperatures, but they braved the elements and gave their all.
Covered in mud, Sophomore Kyler Kauk completed the boys 5K race in 19:01, coming in at #71 in a field of 167 qualifiers.
Bailey Layman finished the girls 3200 run in 13:40, crossing the line at #35 in a field of 164 qualifiers. Elizabeth Maker finished #57 with a time of 13:58.
“The weather and course conditions unfortunately affected the runners’ performance. Running through the mud and large water puddles used up a lot of their energy, but that is part of the sport. You can train hard and have everything right, and then a weather change can make their entire race plan go south.”
The runners know two races are never the same. They plan to learn from their experience at state this year and use it to prepare for next year’s season.