Tuesday night, Marshall Girls Cross Country traveled to Jackson Northwest for the second I-8 Jamboree of the season. Competing for the first time in three weeks, the Ladyhawks Varsity Cross Country Team ran what Coach Wissink called, “The best race I’ve seen in 20 years.”
A clear sky, golden autumn light, and a steady breeze made a perfect evening for a meet. Running without their number one runner Maliyah Gore due to illness, the Ladyhawks won the second I-8 Jamboree by 16 points over 5th ranked Jackson Lumen Christi. All seven of the Ladyhawks’ scorers finished in the top 17, with freshman Camille DeCola in 5th, junior Brooke Waito in 6th, sophomore Shawn Brophy in 9th, senior captains Abbie Schoepke and Anna Zacharski in 11th and 12th, sophomore Zariah Ozuzu in 16th, and junior Laraya Warnsley in 17th. Senior captain Natalia Egnatuk placed 33rd. Parma Western held on for a third-place team finish, and Harper Creek repeated their fourth place finish from the first Jamboree.
Demonstrating that a strong pack of runners consistently pushing and supporting each other to finish close together is how teams win meets, the Ladyhawks once again had the best (lowest) time between runners of all eight teams competing. The Marshall girls improved on their last performance—the first I-8 Jamboree, exactly three weeks earlier—tightening their time spread between first and fifth runners from a meet low of 40 seconds three weeks ago to just 39 seconds, Tuesday. Meanwhile, Lumen Christi’s time spread increased since the teams’ last meeting, going from 4:39 between their first and fifth runners’ finishes at the first Jamboree to 5:26 between runners on Tuesday.
“Considering everything, I’m not sure I’ve ever been more proud of a team,” Coach Wissink said, after the meet.
The Junior Varsity team placed second in their race, with five runners finishing in the top twenty: freshmen Lucy Gensch (1st) and Eliza MacQuaig (4th), senior Hannah Peterson (13th), and juniors Jaelyn Patton (14th) and captain Larsen Morehouse (20th). Junior Christy Peterson finished 25th, and sophomore Isabelle Burnham finished 29th.
This has been quite a season so far, and the Ladyhawks look to keep it going strong through the finish.
Next up, Marshall competes in the Calhoun County Championship, starting at 9:00 this Saturday, October 10, at Marshall’s home course, Cornwell’s Turkeyville (18935 15½ Mile Road,Marshall). Girls’ varsity runs at 9:40 and JV runs at 11:00.
https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/178573/results/730289 (Varsity results)
https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/178573/results/745385 (JV results)
–By Angie DeCola