Saturday afternoon the Ste. Genevieve cross country team took part in the annual Festus Bowles Invitational, hoping to take home a good result in the team’s second race of the season. The Dragons had five boys (four in the varsity division and one in JV), and three girls (one in varsity and two in JV) this past weekend with many racers setting personal records.
In the boy’s varsity division, senior Devin St. Clair took home the best time of the meet for the Dragons, placing 20th of 80 total racers with a time of 17:37.28. A personal record for St. Clair.
The remaining three Dragons to compete in the varsity division all finished in the top 50 with Nathan St. Clair finishing 40th with a time of 18:16.41, Mason Gegg finishing 44th with a time of 18:22.02 and Levi Wiegand finishing 45th with a time of 18:25.55. Coach Seirra Boyd remarked, ” I was impressed by some big pr’s by Nathan St. Clair and Corey Simmons. Overall, all the boys had strong races.”
Nathan St. Clair noted, “The keys to success (was) using Levi as a pacer in the race and just rode his hip to pace myself. Me, Levi, and Mason just stuck together in the entire race up until the last quarter mile and then I pulled ahead.”
In the girl’s varsity division, sophomore Dakotah Medows was the lone competitor for the Dragons, finishing 61st out of 70 runners with a time of 24:44.01.
Medows mentioned, “I think our team did awesome we did our best and left it on the course.”
Other Dragons set personal records in the JV divisions as well, with junior Corey Simmons placing 70th out of 148 runners in boys JV with a time of 20:57.35, and sophomore Hannah Naeger finishing 36th out of 86 runners in girl’s JV with a time of 25:36.66. Junior Serena Garcia also raced in the girls JV division for Ste. Genevieve finishing 62nd with a time of 28:12.03. “I think they raced with confidence and Hannah Naeger was able to run a PR in this race,” noted Coach Boyd.
The Dragons will hope to keep their momentum going into their next meet at the Cape Notre Dame Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 3.