Norfolk - On Thursday, Sept. 6 the O’Neill Cross Country Team competed at the Norfolk Catholic Invitational. Twelve teams competed in the meet.
In the varsity division the O’Neill Lady Eagles were on top of their game and finished runner-up to the Boone Central Cardinals. O’Neill scored 40 points placing fourth in the top twenty-five.
Whitney Watson led the Eagles with a seventh-place finish with Faith Williamson making it into the top ten. Lilly Thompson placed 16th and Taya Rainforth placed 23rd. Finishing the varsity team were Hannah Alden 40th and Alexa Shald 42nd.
The O’Neill Boy’s Team placed eighth with freshman Brady Thompson medalling, placing 15th.
Finishing for the Eagles were Oscar Lopez 26th, Ty Rainforth 45th, Trinity Mosel 59th, Enrique Sanchez 63rd and Khobe Sommersted Simmons 64th.
“I really thought that everyone ran a better race. The girls need to work on the last 1000 meters and hills. The boy’s team ran better, but need to push the middle more,” said Hilker.
The junior varsity ran well. The boy’s team won their division with Max Wetzel medalling in fourth and Isaiah Munoz medalling 10th. Lukas Dougherty placed 22nd and Justin Beeks placed 23rd. Two girls medalled: Ally Sedlacek placed second and Alyssa Gdanitz fifth in junior varsity.
“It was a great race for the junior varsity. They ran hard and have a bright future for the Eagles,” said Coach Hilker.
This week, Sept. 14, the O’Neill Eagles will host their invitational. Seventeen schools will come to run. Girls race starts at 3:30 p.m.