Saturday proved to be an overall dominating performance for the Yote’s cross country season kickoff. The cross country teams started the trend of dominating the Mountaineers in front of the early tailgating crew readying for the 1pm football game between the Yotes and Mountaineers.
The men placed four ahead of Eastern’s first runner and won by a score of 17-42. The top five placers for the Yote men were Max Hampton, Austin Fred, Matt Goodwin, Dylan Walker, and Eric Nordquist. The women’s team one upped the men’s team and placed seven…. that’s right, seven, ahead of Eastern’s front runner. The performance earned a dominating score of 15-50. The women placed in the order of Ruth Lewinski, Amy Pfaff, Emily Hawgood, Kaitlyn Schut, and Ashtyn Ellis.
Races of the day went to freshman Kaitlyn Schut on the women’s side and Senior Matt Goodwin on the men’s. Goodwin earned race of the day through showing improvement in some prior weaknesses of his racing career. Matt finished the course with a kick that shows his progression as a racer and helped navigate freshman Austin Fred through the course. Kaitlyn earned race of the day through committing to the race plan given to her and went out on a limb to earn herself the fourth place finish on the women’s side.
Overall both teams kicked off the season with a very solid start. The results showed that summer training was well executed and that both teams have a shot at a stellar season. The progression starts this week, and in the wise word of Pat, “It’s time to get to work.”