Cross Country Finishes High in Conference, Ready for Regionals
On November 2nd Greenville’s Male Cross Country team took third overall at the conference championship meet, and the Lady Panthers displayed respectable improvement with an unexpected 2nd place finish overall.
The men’s team entered the conference with a lot of momentum from impressive performances at the Louis Greater Louisville Classic (LGLC) and the Bradley Pink Classic. The Panthers finished 7th out of 38 teams at the LGLC and 3rd out of 13 at the Bradley Pink Classic. As a result, Greenville was expected to perform extremely well at the conference meet, and the team had a mutual goal of taking first place. Unfortunately, the Panthers fell short of their goal. “By and large the team did okay. We possibly didn’t live up to our potential. However, some members of the team were still recovering from injury, and overall we’ve had better days as a team,” said freshman runner, Jacob Burrell.
“The girls ran out of their minds!” Said head cross country coach, Brian Patton. Mr. Patton’s excitement for the Girl’s Cross Country team was very appropriate after their stellar performance at the conference meet. With the exception of one runner, every girl on the team achieved a personal record time at the meet. “Most people even shaved off nearly a minute from their previous personal records.” Said sophomore, Taylor Thomas. Many fans expected less from the Lady Panthers (than the men’s team), but the Panthers impressed themselves and their fans. Sophomore stand out, Molly Works, was very pleased with the team’s performance at conference, and has a team goal for every girl on the team to improve their personal record time again at the regional championship. Works added that she has a personal goal of shaving at least 38 seconds off of her next time, which would put her time below 23 minutes (an excellent achievement for any cross country runner).
Come support the Greenville Men’s and Women’s team as they push themselves to new levels for Regionals. The meet is going to be held at Augustana College on November 16th. So grab some friends, and take a brief three and a half hour road trip to the beautiful quad cities (northern western IL/Iowa border) area to support the Panthers.