By Rod Haxton, editor
3 SC girls earn All-League
By a narrow one point margin the Scott Community High School girls won their first-ever Great West Activities Conference cross-country championship.
Competing at Holcomb last Thursday, the Lady Beavers (42 points) held off Hugoton (43) for league honors.
In addition, freshman Makaela Stevens (2nd, 16:15), freshman Trella Davis (5th, 19:09) and junior Jade Wren (10th, 17:30) each earned All-League honors.
Missing out on All-League by just one second was freshman Olivia Prieto (11th, 17:39).
“That was a great effort by Olivia. We’ve been looking for her to move into the No. 4 or No. 5 spot and with regional this weekend it was a good time for her to run her best race of the season,” says head coach Kevin Reese.
“She’s starting to figure out what it takes to compete at this level. As a freshman she just didn’t have the confidence, but we’ve seen that starting to turn around the last couple of meets,” says Davis.
Stevens tried to challenge Colby’s Andrea Browne who set a fast pace from the outset, but she wasn’t able to stay with the Eagle junior who pulled away for the league title in a time of 15:52.
“Makaela ran an aggressive race, but she struggled a little at the end,” says Reese. “She seems to run a better race when she hangs back a little and then finishes strong. At least that might be the better strategy this year.”
Davis continues to establish her consistency as the team’s No. 2 runner and “Jade’s just a tough competitor,” adds Reese. “She is going to find some way to finish at the front.”
Rounding out the SCHS squad were Kylee Trout (14th, 17:51) and Macy Davis (20th, 18:23).
Hutchins is All-League
The only SCHS boy to earn All-League was Dylan Hutchins (7th, 18:08). The Beavers (85) finished third in the team standings behind Hugoton (30) and Goodland (68).
“It was a flat course and that doesn’t play to our strength,” says Reese. “We compete better on hills.”
Hutchins and sophomore Chance Jones (22nd, 19:30) each ran personal records on the course.
“Irvin (Lozano) and Edi (Balderrama) each had solid races,” adds Reese. “We didn’t have a bad day, but it wasn’t what we were looking for.”
Lozano (14th, 18:38) and Balderrama (15th, 18:47) were followed by Jones, Seth Cardenas (27th, 19:54) and Conner LeBeau (28th, 19:59).
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