Kane earns impressive finish at Invitational

RIDGWAY – The Kane Wolves cross country teams had another banner day at the Ridgway Invitational on Saturday where they would earn two medal performances and a fourth-place team finish in the varsity boys race.Starting the action would be the varsity girls, where Taylor Beimel and Kristen Boyer would both set season best times with Beimel picking up a medal in a time of 21:29, good for an eighth-place finish overall. Taylor would out-kick Brockway's Brittany Hindman to finish as the sixth AA girl in the competition.In the boys varsity race, the team would garner a fourth-place finish out of 10 teams. Oswayo Valley took the team title, followed by Elk County Catholic and Bradford. The Wolves would come in next besting AAA opponents Punxsutawney and DuBois and also AA competitors Northern Potter, North Clarion and Brockway.Kane was led by junior Avery Colson who recorded a career best performance of 17:56, good for seventh-place overall. Chris Hunt would be the next Wolves runner to cross the line as he also set a personal best of 18:23, good for 17th overall. Not to be outdone, finishing next for the Wolves were Jon Gelsick, Bailey Colson and Dan Blackmore, also boasting personal best performances on the day. Gelsick would cross the line in 18:51while Colson ran a time of 19:25 and Blackmore would round out the scoring efforts with a time of 20:31.In the middle school races, the girls would be first, continuing the tone of the day set forth by the varsity runners with season-best performances. Shyanne Blankenship would lead the girls team finishing in 12:42, just one spot off medaling in 16th place. Jordan Race was the Wolves next finisher win 13:25, while Olivia Blackmore finished in 13:48. Courtney Peters rounded out the junior wolves efforts finishing in 14:11.Following the girls Colton Barr would get his chance to set a season best. Barr paced the course in 12:03, good for 34th place.See full article by purchasing the Oct. 12 edition of The Kane Republican.