Thursday, October 29 was a great day to be a Spartan as our cross country teams traveled to the New World golf complex at Cecil Field for the Class 1A, District 3 Cross Country Championships. The day was pleasant and breezy-- great conditions for some great running.
For only the second time ever, St. Johns has an individual District Champion in Matthew Stratton '22, and the boys won the team championship for the first time since 2004. The girls team exceeded expectations and finished second. Both teams advance to the regional championship.
In boys varsity action, Matthew Stratton pulled away early, was never threatened, and cruised home in first place. Richard Nichols ran an all-time personal record (PR), breaking the 18-minute barrier for the first time, and was soon followed by Jake Kailes and Walker Cowherd (PR). Cade Zehner ran his best race of the season and was the Spartans' fifth man home.
1. (1) Matthew Stratton 17:27 All District
3. (3) Richard Nichols 17:58 ** (-0:34) All District
4. (4) Jake Kailes 18:18 All District
6. (6) Walker Cowherd 18:53 ** (-0:19) All District
18. (18) Cade Zehner 20:44 * (-0:42)
21. (21) Adan Herrera 21:03
23. (23) James Wilson 21:13
31. ( - ) Jacob Holyer 23:30
36. ( - ) Timmy Jackson 25:41
37. ( - ) Teague Dunagan 26:16
In girls varsity racing, the team finished second behind Providence but ahead of Bishop Snyder. Even more exciting, the Spartans' first three runners all PR’d, led home by Rebecca Stratton '25, who ran an all-time PR. Four girls made All District.
6. (5) Rebecca Stratton 22:16 ** (-0:11) All District
7. (6) Evelyn Hanson 22:35 * (-0:09) All District
11. (9) Sarah Robinson 23:29 * (-0:11) All District
13. (11) Sofia Conde 23:38 All District
18. (15) Sarah Mejias 25:29
19. (16) Kaitlyn Phillips 25:42
27. (20) Ayla Frisbee 29:13
Congratulations Spartans on an outstanding performance! Next up is the Regional Championship, next Friday November 6, also at Cecil Field. The Boys will be trying to qualify for the State Championship for the 5th consecutive year (and 7th of eight), while the Girls try for a 15th consecutive appearance.