The Lady Berries Cross Country team finished third in the county meet on Saturday on their home course. Lewis Cass won the event with 32 points, followed by Caston with 44, and the Berries with 45. Pioneer had an incomplete team.
Megan Benn (23:13) and Adria Higgins (23:15) led the Berries with 5th and 6th place finishes for the second week in a row. Makaya Robinson was 9th overall with a time of 23:57. The Berry scoring was rounded out by Joseline Hernandez and Carolayn Salamanca who both finished in 24:29 for 12th and 13th places. Kaitlyn Neal was 21st overall in 25:33 and Emilie Edwards was 23rd and 7th for the Berries in 25:37.
“We knew going into the season we were going to have to be patient early on with our younger runners and with Isabelle Crain’s injury. Today we had 3 seniors who were taking the SAT test so they also missed this meet. We should have all of our runners compete next week for the first time this season. Isabelle will be back, but it will take her some time to get her conditioning back. Every week we are just trying to get a little better,” said LHS coach, Brian Morrill.
Today we had Adria Higgins running her second varsity race and she finished sixth, Makaya Robinson was also running her second varsity event and she was ninth. Joseline Hernandez was running her first race of the year and freshman Carolayn Salamanca ran the second race of her life and cut 1:44 off last week so we will continue to improve a week at a time with our sights set on the end of the season meets. The girls are working hard in practices and their times are improving, but it takes time. Getting Isabelle Crain back next week will help us bring our scoring down quite a bit,” said Morrill. “Give credit to Cass and Caston – they both ran well and it was probably the closest county meet since I’ve been coaching with all three schools within 13 points of each other,” said Morrill.
The Berries will compete at the Caston Invitational next weekend.