The New Franklin Bulldogs cross-country team now knows what the true definition of “survival” means when it comes to Tuesday’s race in the Centralia Invitational.
With below average temperatures and a constant downpour throughout the season, head coach Adam Quest said the conditions for the meet were horrific. “It was rainy and very cold,” Quest said. “Honestly, my biggest concern was making sure nobody got hurt or sick. I was very proud of my athletes for even finishing the race. But obviously, they were more concerned about getting to a warm and dry place after their race than they were about finishing well. In the end, we had some decent finishes. Mallori Burnett finished the highest of our athletes. She finished 31st in the varsity girls race. Not far behind was Tyler Perkins, who finished in 35th place in the varsity boys race.”
For the boys, which featured 86 runners, Nathan Frazee of Clark County had the fastest overall time in 17:57.17.
As for the New Franklin boys cross-country team, Tyler Perkins finished 35th overall in 20:30.79 while Hayden Wiseman placed 59th in 22:54.36 and Asa Fischer in 60th place in 23:08.03.
Palmyra captured the team championship with 82 points while New Bloomfield finished second with 92.
For the New Franklin girls, freshman Mallori Burnett finished 31st overall out of 60 runners in a time of 25.40.29.
Kaleigh Moore of North Callaway had the fastest time for the girls in 20:12.60.
In the final-team standings for the girls, North Callaway captured first with 38 points. Centralia finished second with 73, Father Tolton 80, Glasgow 107, Clark County 122, Salisbury 133, Calvary Lutheran 156 and Palmyra 183.
New Franklin’s cross-country team will closeout the regular season on Monday, Oct. 16th at Salisbury starting at 4:30 p.m.