GIRLS CC TAKES 2019 GMC TITLE!
SPLETZER MAKES HER RETURN!
COACH THOMAS GMC COACH OF THE YEAR!
For the second consecutive year, the Lakota East women’s cross country team was crowned Greater Miami Conference team champions. All seven Thunderhawk women earned all-conference honors, five were first-team and two were second team. Head Coach Adam Thomas was named G.M.C. Cross Country Coach of the Year on the girls’ side. Junior Carly Spletzer was the top Hawk, running in her first G.M.C. cross country meet due to injuries in her first two seasons. Carly placed 3rd overall in the women’s race in a personal best time of 18:26 for the 5k (3.1 mile) championship course at Voice of America Metropark. This was also the 6th fastest time in school history and earned Carly first-team all-conference honors.
Right behind Carly were teammates Danielle Horter (senior) and Kelsi Harris (junior) in 4th and 5th place overall, both earning the first-team all-conference nod as well. Horter’s time was 18:38 and Harris’ time was 18:42. Junior Paxton Oberhaus was the #4 runner for East with her 10th place overall finish in a time of 19:09, also good enough for first-team all-GMC and 14th on the all-time list at East.
The final scorer for Lakota East was senior Hailey Wilson who had a breakthrough race, placing 11t overall in a time of 19:09 (16th fastest in school history) and first-team all-conference. Sophomores Cali Reynolds and Sarah Renfro earned second-team all-conference honors with their 15th (19:47) and 18th place (20:09) finishes.
In the women’s open race, freshman Jocelyn Willis ran 19:00 in a dominating performance for the victory. That performance moves Jocelyn up to #13 all-time at Lakota East High School.
Next up for the Lakota East Cross Country team will be the District Open championships, for junior-varsity athletes, on Thursday, October 17th at Christ Church in Mason.
Then on Saturday, October 19th, the varsity athletes will compete at the District Championships at Voice of America Metropark to try and earn spots in the Regional Championships. The top 5 girls teams, and top 20 individuals, in each girls’ race, will qualify.