Cross country competes in challenging Rim Rock meet

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Amanda Miller

Freshman Grace Kessler races in the Rim Rock Farm Classic. Kessler finished 106th in the girls varsity gold division with a time of 21:26.

The boys and girls cross country teams competed in the Rim Rock Farm Classic on Sept. 24. Both the boys and girls ran in the gold division where the girls team placed 26th overall and the boys placed 28th as a team.

Sophomore Jaybe Shufelberger was the top finisher for the Washburn Rural girls team. She placed 63rd in the girls varsity gold division with a time of 20:58. On the boys side, senior Pierce Flanders was the top Washburn Rural finisher with a time of 17:07. He finished 74th overall in the boys varsity gold division.

There were 150 boys teams and 139 girls teams at the meet from more than seven different states and each race had around 200 runners competing in it.

In addition to the amount of competition, the course makes the Rim Rock Farm Classic a challenging meet.

“The hills and the competition make the Rim Rock meet so challenging because they both really make you push yourself throughout the entire race,” Shufelberger said.

Furthermore, the Rim Rock Farm Classic is a unique opportunity for the team because it is where the 6A State meet will be held.

“Having our runners experience the course prior to the State meet is extremely valuable,” head coach Matt Swedlund said.” That way when we come back for the most important meet of the year, they know what to expect [and there will be] no surprises.”

The Rim Rock Farm Classic will help to prepare the team for important upcoming meets.

“The last four meets of the season are what it is all about; City, League, Regionals [and] State,” Swedlund said.

The City meet is Oct. 8 at Hayden. The boys team will be looking to extend their City team title streak to ten.

Flanders said he is most looking forward to “trying to get our tenth City title in a row.”

The girls team placed second last year behind Seaman.

“Our girls have a great opportunity to win the City title and start a new streak,” Swedlund said.

Yet, it will require a team effort for both the boys and girls teams to succeed in the City meet and the rest of the meets of the season.

“We have a resilient group and I am confident that we will finish out the season strong,” Swedlund said. “I am excited to see what we accomplish.”