April 21st, 2019

Panthers, Bulldogs competein cross country club provincials

By None on November 7, 2018.

Medicine Hat News

A week after hosting their own meet, Medicine Hat cross-country runners were in Cochrane Saturday for club provincials.

Fifteen athletes did themselves proud on what Panthers coach Darryl Smith called a “tough course” in a press release.

Smith knew first-hand how tough it was. In the eight kilometre masters age group event, he wound up fourth in 32:25.

“The effort level was phenomenal,” Smith said in the release. “Watching our athletes run, push through the pain, while running a tough course was inspirational.As a coach I could not have been prouder.”

The Panthers had nine runners, while the Bulldogs entered six. Bulldog Madison Pullman had a top-10 finish, ninth in the 1,200-metre peewee girls run in a time of 6:14. Teammate Lexine Rodriguez Velez was 19th, just 40 seconds behind. Bulldogs’ Kathleen McCaig was 10 seconds behind Velez in 20th spot and Emersen Brezovski was 28th.

Other Panthers results included Kelsey Hamill (third, 33:57 in the 6 km under-20 race), Josie Drefs (20th in midget girls 3 km), Kassidy Simmons (22nd in midget girls 3 km), Gage Smith (26th in midget boys 4 km) and Ryann Plaksey (14th in bantam girls 2 km). Elias Smith didn’t race due to an injury.

Other Bulldogs results included ayla Wikjord (14th in midget girls 3 km) and Jack Bjarnason (35th in youth boys 6 km). Jacob Kreuger didn’t finish the youth boys race due to an injury while Morgan Hale had to sit due to injury.

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