Kane runners have banner day at Bradford

BRADFORD – Any time a cross country team runs a race, it is unlikely that almost all runners will have their best race on the same day, however, this is just what the Wolves cross country teams did on Saturday at the Bradford Invitational.Starting off the action in the middle school races, Colton Barr once again led the charge for the Kane middle school runners, setting a season best time of 12:13. Closely following were Olivia Blackmore and Jordan Race, who sprinted down the final stretch to also hit season best times. Blackmore finished at 12:33, while Race recorded a 12:34. Placing next for the middle school teams were Courtney Peters and Brandi Wheatley, who also recorded season best times at the Invite. Peters ran a 13:40 while Wheatley finished in 19:20. "This was a real solid effort by our young kids today," Kane head coach Adam Smelko. "In a couple years, this group will be a very nice addition to our varsity teams. Both Coach Hunt and I were very proud of the racing these kids have done."In varsity action, Kane would end up having four medal-winning performances on the day beginning with Taylor Beimel. Beimel ran the 3.1 mile course in 22:05, good enough for a season best and eighth-place overall in the girls’ race. Teammate Kristin Boyer, who would also set a personal best time, finished in 24:00, just a few spots out of medal contention. In the boys’ varsity race, Kane would put three runners in the top 20 placing them fourth behind ECC, Oswayo Valley and Bradford, respectively. Avery Colson would finish first for the wolves, followed by medalists Chris hunt and Jon Gelsick. Colson would run a career best time of 18:19, good enough for fifth place. Hunt would contribute with an 18:26 in eighth place, while Gelsick would nab the last medal spot of 20th in 19:28. Rounding out Kane’s top five scoring positions would be See full article by purchasing the Sept. 20 edition of the Kane Republican.