Raiders show improvement at county meet

Runners went straight for the water cups being passed out at the finish line of the EscaRosa Championship meet last Thursday afternoon.

The calendar may have said October but the mercury on the thermometer made it feel as if it was more like August.

That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, though, even if the nearly 90-degree day had an impact on the performance of the runners.

“I think it’s a good thing before the district meet because it puts them in check a little bit,” Navarre girls head coach Maryann Surratt said. “It reminds them they still have some work to do.”

That doesn’t mean the Raiders didn’t push themselves hard from start to finish, with Maggie Johnson leading the way.

The sophomore earned her first top-10 finish of the season, placing ninth in a time of 23:10.49. Her effort helped Navarre finish fourth overall with 112 points.

Lauren Bilby placed 21st in a time of 24:01.71 and Cyndi Steadman took 24th, crossing the finish line in a time of 24:10.06. Ashley Russell was 31st overall in a time of 25:01.88.

Khiara Newton (26:51.63, 50th), Rebecca Fields (27:02.34), Fatime Garcia-Alcantara (27:20.66) and Alexia Chiapetta (27:48.47) also competed for the Raiders.

“Everyone is getting better,” Urban said. “They want to do really well. It’s good they have that motivation and fire in them.”

The same can be said about the boys team, which has steadily improved over the last couple of weeks. Top runner Austin Epstein was out with a foot injury but that didn’t stop the Raiders from putting forth a strong effort.

Christian Brothers paved the way for Navarre, taking 12th overall in a time of 18:08.57. The senior helped the Raiders finish sixth overall with 174 points.

Read more  in the Oct. 20 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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