Cross country crushes Emporia meet

Gage Mingo, Staff Writer

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The Manhattan High Cross Country teams swept their latest meet yet again, placing first in all six of their division races in Emporia on Saturday morning.

Although this was the second time this season the team has accomplished this feat, they considered it to be easier than their first meet last weekend.

“Some athletes from the team really stepped up their game on both the men’s and  women’s side, which is what allowed us these team victories,” Gavin Erickson, junior, said. “Even though the social environment was great, the weather wasn’t at our backs like it normally is for Emporia. This is one of the first years I remember it being hot for the races. Thankfully, our tribe was able to adapt to the unexpected heat, and gave the meet their best effort.” 

Before the meet began, the team took measures to prepare themselves to a new track. After walking the race, the meet began with the girls J.V. race.

“Emporia, they always keep it really organized and really efficient,” sophomore Rachel Corn said.

Even though the girls Varsity team placed first overall, they didn’t have a first place runner. Instead, freshman Amelia Knopp placed second with a time of 20:39.2, the highest placement for MHS in that race. She was followed by senior Ella Rosenkranz, who placed third with a time of 20:41.7. Overall, the girls contributed to a first place team win of 38 points. 

For the boys Varsity race, Daniel Harkin, junior, placed first with a time of 16:31.1. He was followed by freshman Jackson Tanner with a time of 17:2.7. The boys team placed first overall, scoring a total of 45 points.

Throughout the races, many of the cross country members grouped up and pushed each other though the race together. This helps some members keep up with the rest of the race. Near the end of the race they spread out. 

“It was a good course for a cross country race, not that many hills, it was difficult for me and some of my teammates because of the heat,” Tanner said. “But other than that, we stuck together in a group the whole race and pushed each other till the finish line.”  

Sportsmanship was prevalent for all teams at the meet, despite certain losses. Regardless, everyone was happy to cheer each other on.

“I’ve gone to Emporia for cross country ever since I was in seventh grade, but this is one of the first times I remember hearing complete strangers, sometimes even runners… cheer for me, and all of the other runners,” Erickson said.“ Everyone involved was understanding and pushed each other to the limits.”

 

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