RAYMOND – The Centennial Broncos X-C team entered uncharted territory on Thursday as they ran on a new course and competed in a new cross country Invite.
The Mustangs' Invite was held at Branched Oak Lake, the site of the D-1 Cross Country Districts where the Broncos will run on October 11.
“This was a new meet for Centennial. Not knowing what to expect for a course it ended up being quite challenging for our runners,” commented Centennial head coach Rob Johansen. “It has some good hills and rougher terrain so times were not as important as places.”
In the girls' team race, Arlington won the event with 19 points, second was Schuyler with 37 and third went to Tri-County with 44. The Centennial girls had only three runners competing so they did not register a team score.
Centennial's best finish in the girls' race was turned in by Ann Wilton with a time of 21:46.95 good for a top 20 finish at No. 20, and in 27th place was Ashlee Fish with a clocking of 23:30.15. The third Bronco runner was Allison Yamber and she was 33rd with a time of 25:18.59.
“Ann Wilton finished 20th in the race,” explained Johansen. “That was her second highest placed finish of the year. I thought she did really well handling the hills and terrain.”
On the boys' side, host Raymond Central took the top two spots and was able to hold off Schuyler 27-38, with third place going to Arlington with 41 points.
The Broncos took ninth out of 10 teams scoring and they were led by Stephen Yamber with his time being 19:24 and according to Johansen that was good for 20th in the field.
Next in line was Steven Bader with a finish at No. 33 and his time was 20:30, Hayden Johansen turned inn a 24:40 and Colton Kirk was times at 25:30.
“Steven Yamber was the top boy this race. He actually crossed in 20th place in 19:24, even thought the official results have him in 26th in 19:48. I'm giving him the better of the two,” said Johansen. “Steven Bader was 33rd in 20:30. I think he might have some slight allergies that can sometime cause some problems. I think that was the case with Steven at Raymond Central. We host our conference meet next Thursday at Sandy Meadows Golf Course near Waco.”