Eagles cross country team shines

By Mark Blentlinger

Coach Chris Kato is happy with the talent of his young Eagles team. The girls’ team is currently ranked fourth in the region, led by junior Caley Kirwin, freshman Ariana Pillot, senior Maleah Hampton, freshman Addison Blodgett, senior Annika Peterson, sophomore Jenna VanDussen and Alyssa VanDusen. The highlight so far was the team finishing as runner up at the Sept. 11 Centreville Invitational.

With a much younger boys’ team, the coach has some great mentors for his younger runners. Junior Rylan Osborn and senior Simon Sheen are leading by example and teaching underclassmen like freshmen Dante Pillot, Connar Candler, Dylan Danner and Ty Edwards. Kato said it’s been great fun watching his runners grow and drop faster times this season. The team’s focus is working to bring times down and getting ready for regionals. They’re to be hosted October 30 at the Portage Invitational course at Portage West Middle School.

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