By Anthony Jones
Triad’s boys and girls cross country team continued this past weekend as they competed in the First to the Finish Invite in Peoria. The meet was held at Detweiller Park, home to the IHSA State Finals for cross country.
In a loaded field of 42 teams, the Lady Knights finished in 16 as a unit in Class 2A. Their team score for the event was 427 points.
With an impressive finish of 59 place in a field of 404 athletes, Ana Keller led the way for Triad. She was the lone Triad runner to break 20 minutes, finishing in 19:55.5.
Blaire Cunningham finished not far behind Keller with a time of 20:03.6. The second best Lady Knight on the day finished in 64 place as an individual. Also breaking into the top 100 finishers, Chloe Gough claimed 84 place with a time of 20:27.0.
Kailey Peterson, Kennedy Bowman, and Amanda Bagwell all also finished inside of 21 minutes. With a time of 20:50.3, Peterson took 113 overall. Bowman and Bagwell finished within a second of 21 minutes, earning 128 and 129 places, respectively.
The next two Triad runners across the line were Mattie Noyes and Clare Schaft. With a recorded finish of 21:02.3, Noyes cruised in for 134 place overall. Schaft took 190 overall with a mark of 21:50.2.
Also competing for Triad were Mikayla Niehaus and Hannah York. The pair finished in 302 and 379 places, respectively.Their times for the course were 23:34.9 and 25:30.6.
Triad was also well represented on the boys side of the action. Battling it out in a field of 55 2A squads, the squad totaled 779 points to finish one point outside of the top 25 teams with a 26 place finish.
The Knight’s lone medalist for the day was sophomore Andrew Pace. He took home 48 overall amongst a field of 504 runners. His time for the course was 16:24.9.
Drew Twyman and Ben Winslow were the next two Triad representatives across the finish line. Twyman’s day finished with a 17:44.7 mark, good for 162 place. Taking home a 172 place finish, Winslow finished the course with a quick time of 17:50.5.
Finishing in the final top 200 spot, Sam Kuckuck was the fourth Knight to finish. He recorded a time of 18:04.1. Dalton Mersinger was the next Triad finisher, winding up in 241 place courtesy of a time of 18:27.9.
Jason Larue also had a strong outing for Triad. Taking 310 overall, he wound up with a time of 19:12.1. Twenty spots behind him, Dillon Henderson finished the race in 19:25.6.
The final two Knights to finish were Louis Yohannes and Ethan Schmidt. Yohannes’s time for the course was 19:50.7, good for 358 place. Finishing in 381 overall, Schmidt ran the race in a time of 20.15.3.