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CLA Cross Country and Track Year-End Recap

This past Fall, the cross country program had 18 runners, 3rd-12th grade, divided into Elementary School (ES), Middle School (MS), and High School (HS). The team started training in August right after school started back and worked hard to prepare for the racing season during September and some post-season events in October.

Some standout performances include the following:

  • The MS boys top 3 runners, Brenden Bledsoe, Samuel Larson, and Carson Tinsman, consistently took the top 3 spots during regular season meets with personal records (PRs) of 11:55, 12:21, and 12:46 respectively for the 2 mile run.

  • The MS boys team earned 2nd place in the qualifying meet, earning them a trip to the State meet, where they came in 4th place as a team and Brenden Bledsoe finished 5th overall!

  • Charley Bledsoe qualified in the first individual spot for the MS girls to run at the state meet.

  • Three ES boys qualified to run in the state meet.

  • Our 2 HS girls improved their times in their meets in the midst of volleyball season.

This Spring we are finishing up the season with 33 runners, grades 3-12, in the same divisions. MS raced mainly in April. HS raced late March through early April with a break for Seussical and finished mid-May. ES had their season ending meet the end of April.

Some standout moments include the following:

  • The ES meet included all of our ES practicing runners, plus some friends, siblings and parents.

  • The HS season had our first boys relay team in school history.

  • The HS qualifying meet did not earn any trips to state, but had 6 events with runners in the top 8 spots earning points for the team, and also boasted 9

  • events with PRs for all of the runners. Only the top 2 are promoted to state level, but we had a few top 4 finishes. Some school records were set as follows:

  • Robby Venz: 100m - 11.58, 200m - 23.75, 400m - 54.26. Abigail Olsen: 400m - 1:04.76

  • The MS qualifying meet resulted in Samuel Larson qualifying for the state meet in both the 1600 (with a school record of 5:11) and the 800 as well as Carson Tinsman in the 1600. The top 4 are promoted to State. Samuel and Carson finished 1st and 4th in the 1600, respectively. Samuel finished 2nd in the 800. The state meet was held on May 20th at Austin Peay. Carson recently had an injury preventing him from racing at State. Samuel took 5th place in both of his races and met his PR! Congratulations Samuel!

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