New Franklin’s Tyler Perkins and Sam Ridgeway didn’t mind the quick start Tuesday during the Centralia Invitational Cross-Country Meet.
With little or no warm up time, Perkins and Ridgeway beat the odds while competing against a field of over 250 boys and girls to finish in 33rd and 34th place in times of 20:25.76 and 20:29.55, respectively.
“There was definitely some adversity to be faced at the Centralia Invitational,” said New Franklin coach Adam Quest. “On our way to the race, we got word that they had moved the start time up by 30 minutes to try to beat some weather coming in. So the boys had to go pretty much straight from the bus to the race, and had very little time to warm up. In addition to that, they combined all of the runners into one race. So boys and girls, varsity and JV all ran together. The result was a race with nearly 250 runners competing. I think the adversity fizzled some of the boys, but in the end, we performed well. Our best place finishers were Tyler Perkins and Sam Ridgeway. Both boys went back and forth the whole race, and in the end, finished right next to each other. Hayden Wiseman also had a great race, running one of his better times of the season. With just one regular season meet to go, we are definitely entering the final portion of our season.”
Nathan Frazee of Clark County turned in the fastest time in the meet with a time of 18:07.99. For the girls, Kaleigh Moore of North Callaway finished first in a time of 20:37.04.
For New Franklin, Hayden Wiseman placed 68th overall in 21:43.69 while Douglass Creason finished 75th in 21:54.01, Asa Fischer 81st in 22:12.98 and Logan Pierce 140th in 27:50.79.
Prairie Home’s Allen Haslag finished in 84th place in a time of 22:34 Tuesday during the Centralia Invitational.
Prairie Home coach Marie Pope said it was a really impressive race under not ideal circumstances. “It was a weird race for Allen,” Pope said. “There was a last minute start time because of incoming storms, so Allen didn’t have time to warm up before his race.”
Haslag also competed in the Russellville Invitational back on Friday, Oct. 5th, placing 74th out of 103 runners in a time of 22:29.
Pope said Haslag had an awesome race on the most hilly course. “Allen dropped 4 seconds from the previous meet,” Pope said. “It was a difficult race on a humid day, and Allen made it look easy.”