If early results mean anything, Stadium might make some noise this cross country season. In a clash against Wilson, Lincoln, Foss and Mount Tahoma – a preseason version of the city championships – the Tigers took the individual and team titles in both the boys and girls 2.5-mile races on Sept. 18 at Wright Park.
Junior Shay Glackin-Coley began the day by winning the boys race in 12 minutes and 53 seconds, leading almost from the outset. After battling both back and hamstring injuries his freshman year and knee injuries last season, Glackin-Coley noted that he hopes it is the start of a successful run to the state meet.
“I have not been able to complete a full season without facing some obstacles,” Glackin-Coley said. “I’m just really excited to be healthy and see what I can do this year. This is hopefully just setting up to get better and better.
“I definitely want to make it to state, because I feel like I really missed out and haven’t lived up to my potential the last few years.”
The Tigers placed six runners in the top ten finishers on the day, with sophomore Zach Lam taking third place and Kyle Hammond claiming fourth. Stadium seniors Ben Manning, Mark Harris and Trevor Dent took sixth, seventh, and ninth place, respectively.
Lincoln junior Mecca Amen finished a minute behind Glackin-Coley to take second place, while the Abes’ Zachary Bennett finished tenth. Wilson sophomore Alex Gayvoronski took fifth place, while sophomore teammate Andrew Bone finished eighth.
Competing without their top two runners, the Stadium girls still placed six runners in the top ten, as junior Skye Chen-Johnson won the race in 17 minutes and 46 seconds – edging out teammate Miri Hyman by three seconds. But the Tigers utilized their teamwork, as Chen-Johnson, Hyman and freshman Heather Phipps – who took fourth place – ran side by side for the early portion of the race to maintain a good pace.
“We planned it out and worked together the first mile,” said Chen-Johnson, who tallied her first individual victory in her high school career. “We tried to stick to (the plan), and it worked out.”
The Wilson girls had a solid showing as well, as senior Rachel Russell, sophomore Christina Requa and junior Hunter Fruehling-Thomas took third, sixth and eighth place, respectively.