The Jefferson boys cross country team competed in the junior varsity division Saturday at the Cape Notre Dame Invitational. The result was a seventh place finish, and a lot of positives along the way.
“The boys had about as good a race as I could ask for as a team,” head coach Mollie Rhodes commented. “They ran extremely well. We had several boys run season bests on this course including Nate Witte, Jack Hueter, and Christian Stark. The other boys, while not running season bests, still had strong races.”
Jeremiah Chipps and CJ Johnson looked good again, medaling by finishing 18th and 19th. Chipps finished in 19:49.01, while Johnson was just .41 seconds behind him. Bradley Glass was 28th with a time of 20:16.04, and Matthew Glass was 55th, crossing the finish line in 21:13.62. Hueter was the final runner to score points, taking 59th, clocking in at 21:25.65.
“It is always fun to watch a young team start to figure it out,” Rhodes noted. “Notre Dame was a great race for these boys because it included some big teams like Notre Dame and Jackson, but also some smaller schools as well. It created a great mix of competition for the boys. While not everyone’s race went like they wanted it to, I like seeing all of the boys pulling for each other as a team, and not giving up when they know the race isn’t going their way.”
Coach Rhodes explained that the boys are getting a bit of a rest. “Next week is homecoming, so the boys won’t have a race this weekend. But we will for sure be putting in the work this week getting ready for the last few races of the season. I can’t believe how close we are to the end, but I know none of these boys have run their best race yet.”