The Ste. Genevieve Dragons varsity Cross Country team put in some impressive performances at the Farmington Postal Meet on Tuesday.
The Dragons had five runners in both the girls and boys varsity categories, with runners in both groups putting in admirable times.
One of the Dragons’ stars was senior Devin St. Clair, who finished in second place of 61 runners with a time of 10:23.33… almost five full seconds ahead of the third-place finisher.
The Dragons also had two additional runners finish in the top 10, Juniors Levi Wiegand (7th at 10:46.33) and Nathan St. Clair (8th at 10:47.07). Junior Mason Gegg came home just outside the top 10 at 11th with a 10:56.90. The last runner for the Dragons was freshman Corey Simmons who finished 40th with a time of 12:08.85.
Head coach Sierra Boyd praised the effort from all the boy’s runners after the race.
“To see Devin, Levi, Nathan and Mason all run times under 11 minutes was great,” Boyd said. “Corey really pushed himself and had a good race too.”
The Dragons were able to bring home some impressive results on the girl’s side as well, best among them came from sophomore Cylie Carlson. Carlson finished 18th out of 46 runners with a time 13:43.69.
Carlson said that a key difference for the Dragons’ success was the team’s laid back approach into the meet.
“This meet felt unlike other meets because everyone seemed pretty relaxed,” Carlson said. “The two-mile race went better than expected, so I was pleasantly surprised by the results.”
Carlson’s teammate and sophomore Dakotah Medows just missed out on a top 20 finish, coming in at 21st with a 13:49.85 time. The rest of the Dragon girls put in some solid performances, with Senior Alison Braun finishing 28th at 14:11.95, sophomore Hannah Naeger finishing 36th at 15:10.72 and Serena Garcia finishing 39th with a time of 15:40.68.
On the girls side, Boyd said after the race that she was very impressed with the results for the first time running this distance.
“Cylie, Dakotah, Alison, Hannah and Serena, it was good for all of them to get experience racing the 3200 because it was the first time they raced it,” Boyd said. “They all ran a good race.”
Overall, Boyd said she was astonished by the team’s performance in the Farmington Postal.
“The whole team really impressed me,” said Boyd. “Everyone on the team should walk away happy with their races.”
The Dragons will look to keep their momentum going at their next meet on Saturday, Oct. 3, when they head to the Cape Notre Dame Invitational.