by Mark Cheffey
The PHS girls cross country took second place at the Clarence Cannon Conference meet held in Palmyra’s Flower City Park last Monday.
Meanwhile, the boys team finished fourth out of four teams, but four points behind third-place Clark County.
“The Girls did well,” said Coach Nicholas Koetters. “We thought we’d have a chance to win, but we had a couple of runners not finish where we thought they would.
“But, Centralia is also very good so we were going to have to run perfectly in order to win the meet.”
Lauren Sheputis, a freshmen, led the team with a sixth place finish in a time of 23:14 and was followed seven seconds later by Aly Noland, a sophomore, in seventh place.
Both earned first team all-conference honors with their performances.
Brookfield’s lone competitor, Alex Sharp, won the girls competition in a time of 20:52.
Centralia won the girls title with 37 points, followed by Palmyra 63, Clark County, 65, Monroe City, 83, Macon, 122 and Highland, 130.
In boys competition, Centralia led the way with 27 points, followed by Monroe City, 48, Clark County, 71, and Palmyra 75.
“I was happy how they finished as individuals,” Koetters said.
Casey Hathaway took ninth place, and Caleb Juette finished in 14th to earn second team all conference.
“Jacob Barnes also had a great freshman debut finishing in 15th place,” Koetters said.
Centralia’s Nate Riddle and Clark County’s Ethan Nelson were locked in a close race over most of the course before Riddle edged in front down the stretch to win in a time of 18:36, 11 seconds ahead of Nelson.