Antioch Cross Country Pushes for Victory

Combined effort of the boy’s and girl’s cross country team end with five runners in top four.

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Lily Highley

Boys cross country starts their race off strongly.

On September 11, both boy’s and girl’s cross country competed in a meet at Homer T. Cook Memorial Park in Wauconda against the Wauconda Bulldogs and the Grayslake Central Rams. 

The boy’s cross country team racked up another two two victories, beating both the Bulldogs and the Rams by running hard and pushing their way into first place. Junior Charlie Smith came in first place, senior Mikey Volkmar came in second and senior Eric Hart came in fourth place. The combined effort from the boy’s team led them to a strong victory, as well as setting their record at 4-0.

“We had a great race on Tuesday because of how well we moved as a team,” Smith said. “Our goal was to pack run in order to beat Grayslake Central and Wauconda through the depth of our lineup.”

The lady Sequoits had a good effort, beating Wauconda, but sadly falling just short of Grayslake Central’s score. Overall, the ladies put up a tough fight, with third place finisher, senior Natalie Hill. Another notable runner was Sara Benes, who kept in pace just behind Hill.

“I think our team is strong together and we really push each other to do their best in everything we do,” junior Lily Highley said.

Currently, Highley is out of cross country for an injury, but expects to recover very soon and has already begun to think about how to improve her running.

“I think I need to improve on pacing myself and work on running better, even when it is super [hard],” Highley said.

Both teams will be seen next competing at the Harvest Christian invite on September 22.