The Mason Invitational on September 12th was an opportunity for some of the Lakota East junior varsity cross country athletes to get some high-quality varsity experience.  They also got a taste of a true cross country course, in very hot conditions, that included two creek crossings, a very steep mulch hill, and many challenging rolling hills as well.  The times were slower on Saturday but the Thunderhawks ran like warriors.

The women’s team placed 15th and were led by sophomore Hope Keith who placed 92nd in the 140-runner field.  Her time was 23:06 for the 5k (3.1-mile course).  The next two runners across the line were the sister duo of Sophie and Brooke Wilson who placed 117th (24:23)and 122nd (24:32) overall.  Sophomore Jenna Rugg (24:34, 123rd) and senior Brooklyn Salyers (24:39, 126th) were close behind to round out the scoring for East.  The 2nd fastest time of the day for the Hawks came from sophomore Ella Huelskamp in the Junior Varsity race.  Ella placed 40th out of 122 runners with a time of 24:15 in her first race back from injury.

Next up for the Lakota East Cross Country team is the Milford Invitational at Valley View Nature Preserve in Milford, OH on Saturday, September 19th.