The Schuyler Central High School boys cross country team added some more hardware to its trophy case last week, earning the team championship of the North Bend Invitational on Sept. 26. Two days earlier, the Warrior boys had also had a fine showing finishing fifth in the 17-team Malcolm Invitational.
The North Bend title came as the Warriors edged Wahoo 21 to 24 in the final team standings. Schuyler Central had five runners finish in the top 10 to salt away the team title.
Eduardo Carrasco finished in third place with a time of 17 minutes, 59.75 seconds followed by Kenny Mejia at 18:25.31, Hugo Ramon in sixth at 18:33.42, Jesus Carrasco in seventh with a mark of 18:37.69 and Gavin Bywater in eighth place with a time of 18:38.02.
“The North Bend meet went very well. We did rest up for this meet and the boys ran as good as a team as I have ever seen in my time at Schuyler," said head coach Rick Carter. "I have never had five runners so closely packed together. Only 38 seconds separated our top runner from our fifth runner. All five boys were medal winners.”
As the success at North Bend would indicate, Carter was pleased to see that his runners continue to improve as the season winds down.
“The boys are continually getting better as are the junior varsity runners," he said. "Many of the junior varsity guys improved their times by more than two minutes over a year ago at this meet.”
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The Malcolm Invite earlier in the week featured 17 of the top cross country teams in the Lincoln area. The host Clippers won the team title with 19 points. Rounding out the top five were Minden with 60, Milford with 68, Adams Central with 76 and Schuyler with 77.
“This race went quite well for us. We didn’t totally rest up for this meet, so I was fairly pleased with the results," Carter said. "The boys fifth-place finish out of so many quality teams was good. We ended up only 17 points out of second place. It was nice to have both Eduardo Carrasco and Kenny Mejia medal in this tough meet.”
Carrasco finished in sixth place with a time of 17:58.25 while Mejia finished in 19th place with a time of 18:48.52. Other results for Schuyler were Hugo Ramon in 26th place at 19:01.49, Gavin Bywater in 29th place at 19:05.12, and Jesus Carrasco in 34th place at 19:15.31.
This Thursday the Warriors will be traveling to Raymond to participate in the Raymond Central Invitational.
Doug Phillips is a freelance writer for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net.