Coed Junior High Cross Country · 7th Grade Boys Reach The Podium At The Rensselaer Invite; Poindexter Wins the Girls Race

The Jr. High Knights Cross Country team displayed extraordinary performances at the Rensselaer Invitational on Saturday, September 8. It was a large contest with 30 participating schools, 467 and 398 runners in the boys and girls races respectively.  Our runners competed in 6 races; boys and girls 8th, 7th and 6th grade divisions.  Training hard in hot weather all summer paid off today, as all 20 Knights achieved PR (personal record) performances in the cool temperatures this morning.
In the boys 8th grade race, Rob Burton led the Knights with a PR finish of 11:28, placing 26th of 145.  Nathan Hall ran strong and posted a PR of 12:54. Cullen Raderstorf displayed an awesome kick to the finish, leading to a PR of 16:48! Great performances!
In the boys 7th grade race, the Knights had sufficient numbers to score as a team. It was a very exciting race, as the Knights placed 3rd of 15 teams, with a score of 129. Only one point away from 2nd place!  Kipp Pickerill led the Knights with a PR finish of 11:16, placing 8th of 159.  Extraordinary running by the next 8 Knights, as they finished strong, all with PRs: John Rafacz 12:08, Josh Rogers 12:10, Andrew Friel 12:15, Max Siemers 12:30, Gavin Boutelle 12:36, Josue Zamora 13:07, Ryan Elsner 13:14 and Jack Reisman 16:12. Super performances!
In the girls 7th grade race, the Knights also had sufficient numbers to score as a team. Another exciting race, as the Lady Knights placed 7th of 11 teams, with a score of 159. They narrowly missed 6th place! Chloe Poindexter was the overall winner from a field of 139, finishing with a PR time of 11:36. Chloe also posted the fastest time of all girls in the 3 races of the invitational!  Well done!  Powerful performances by the next 5 Knights, all with PRs:  Emily Milks 12:44 (14th of 139), Shannon Dineen 13:38, Elizabeth Cochran 13:56 (one second off PR!), Philomena Gillen 16:13 and Eleanor Carpenter 18:27.  Excellent running Lady Knights!
In the boys 6th grade race, Noah Martin turned in an excellent run and posted a PR of 13:08, a 49 second improvement.  Osiris Macias had a terrific performance in the girls 6th grade race, with a PR of 14:35, a 62 second improvement. Awesome performances by our newest talent on the team!