Herders battle tough course at Joliet

It’s not always going to be downhill running, and the Herder cross country team recognized that during last week’s meet in Joliet.

The course was hilly and challenging, and demanded patience and conditioning to make it through to the other side. SGHS boys’ and girls’ cross country coach Christina Bowden said nearly a third of the course was up hill. 

“Their times were slower, as was everybody’s,” Bowden said. “I [calculated] the top 10 varsity boys, and it ranged from 45 seconds to a minute and half, who were off.”

Graysen O’Connor remained the lone varsity runner for the Herders, clocking a time of 21 minutes, 36.92 seconds. His time was slower, a little more than a minute, mainly because of the terrain in Joliet. But Bowden said he’s the closest to lettering, which has been the primary goal all season.

Freshman runner Kailey Forrey has started to battle some tightness and injury in the back of her leg, and will be taking it somewhat easy in the week leading up the Herders’ home meet. Forrey was seventh overall with a time of 25:29.21 at last weekend’s meet. 

“Kailey [Forrey] started to have a little bit of an injury on the upper back of her leg, so she’s going to do the air runner. She won’t like that, she loves to run.”

Terrance Cowell and Ty Ferguson were 17th and 18th, respectively, in the boys’ junior varsity race. Cowell paced along for a time of 24:10.18 and Ferguson was through in 24:10.31. 

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PHOTO CAPTION:  Graysen O’Connor, left, races through the pack during the first meet of the season in Livingston on Aug. 25. (STEPHEN KALB-KOENIGSFELD / Big Timber Pioneer)

By STEPHEN KALB-KOENIGSFELD / Pioneer Staff Writer

 

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