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by Larry Mall

September 24, 2018

     The Southern Cloud Warrior cross country team faced their hottest, windiest day of the season, Thurs., Sept. 20, when they ran their 5-kilometer races at the Belleville Country Club, for the Republic County Invitational. The temperature was in the 90's and the gale blowing in from the south inspired a wind advisory, before the cold front could pass through North Central Kansas Thursday night.

     Despite those conditions, that are dreaded by distance runners, a few Warriors toughed their way through it, and produced their finest times of the 2018 season.

     Jocelyn Buller was the highest placer for SC, in the girls' race, making her way into the Top 10, with a 9th-place medal. (7 of the 8 runners in front of her were from schools who will most likely be in Classes 3A and 2A in the new classification system for Kansas, that will come out in a few days). Buller produced a personal course-best for herself at Belleville, by 8 seconds under her time from last year.

     Dusty Mason was also impressive in just his second cross country race ever. He medaled in 16th place, and shaved 17 seconds off his first effort, from last week at Bennington. Most impressive was that Mason was in 23rd place at the 2-mile mark, and needed to get into the top 20 by the end of his next mile-and-a-tenth for his first XC medal.

     Kaitlyn Morris, who was felled by recovery from hip surgery last year, following this same Republic Co. Invitational, showed that she's definitely on the mend, by throwing out a season best for 2018, by knocking one minute and 41 seconds off her time from Abilene three weeks ago.

     Mallory Bellows, who became ill and had trouble dealing with a lower leg wound, that caused her to be unable to finish last week at Bennington, responded in strong fashion, by creating a new freshman-year PR, by 2:09.

     Ryan Paillet got in on the commendable feats, lowering his Belleville course-best, by 52 seconds under his freshman-year time.

     Morgan Coleman had the largest time-shaving of the crew, setting his new Belleville-best by 3:46.

Girls Results--Jocelyn Buller, 9th place medal, 24:48; Kaitlyn Morris, 28th, 28:04; Mallory Bellows, 38th, 29:55 (PR); Shea McMillan, 41st, 30:55; Taylor Cox, 48th, 32:23.

Boys Results--Dusty Mason, 16th place medal, 20:46 (PR); Ryan Paillet, 43rd, 23:55; Morgan Coleman, 44th, 24:09; Carson Bellows, 46th, 25:11; Avery Wyatt, 52nd, 26:52; Nevyn Gold, 54th, 28:22.



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