The Ste. Genevieve cross country team saw its season come to an end on Saturday at the district meet at Cape Notre Dame. Even though the team had no one qualify for this Saturday’s state meet, the improvement shown by these individuals was evident.
Devin St. Clair closed out a fine season as he just missed qualifying, finishing in 21st place with a time of 17:47.21. “I was happy for the most part about my race,” he said afterwards. “It was a little frustrating because I didn’t PR or qualify, but I felt like I gave it my all. As for my season as a whole, I was very happy with how it turned out. It was lots of fun, and I made significant progress from my previous years. The rest of the cross country team did tremendously, and I am going to miss them a lot.”
Levi Wiegand was 25th with a time of 18:26.85, while Mason Gegg was 39th, clocking in at 18:43.26. Nathan St. Clair ran his best time of the season, coming in 46th with a time of 19:16.93.
On the girls side, Alison Braun, running her first year of cross country, turned in the best time at districts. She ran 23:00.29 and finished in 36th. “The race didn’t feel the greatest at the beginning, but after the first mile, I started to work my way up,” she explained. “I feel pretty good about my performance at this past race as well as my performances throughout the season. I’ve absolutely fallen in love with this sport over this past season, and I think I proved to myself what I’m really capable of doing. I think this will help me tremendously in this upcoming track season since I’ll be making the transition from sprinting to distance.”
Dakotah Medows finished her freshman season running a 23:24.23 to take 39th, and Cylie Carlson, also a freshman, finished in 45th place with a time of 24:01.01. “I felt pretty good about my first season,” Carlson points out. “I have something to base my goals off of for next year, and I now have a good strategy to race. I learned a lot of life lessons that I’ll use forever, and I can’t wait until next year!”