Raiders show improvements in opening meet of season

Emma Kirby set an early season personal-best mark of 23 minutes 33 seconds Saturday over the flat, five-kilometer course at the Pace Patriots Invitational.

The freshman placed 38th overall as the Navarre girls cross-country team finished ninth in the 16-team field.

“I wanted to set a good time, and I think I did. I wanted to be at 24 (minutes),” Kirby said. “The first lap was hard, because everyone was together. On the third lap, I felt like I hit a wall, so it was hard to pick up speed.”

Senior Talley Yamaguchi also set a personal best time for the distance with 23:41 and crossed the finish line just five places back.

For most of the race, Kirby was tucked just behind Yamaguchi, as the strategy was to finish close together in a pack.

All seven varsity girls’ team runners finished in the top 100. The top five scored points. Devyn Craner, (57th); Saylor Marlow (58th) and Nia Quarker (81st) also scored for Navarre.

“I am especially proud of my top four girls,” said head coach Katie Fein. “They kept within a minute of each other and were constantly pushing each other the whole race.”

Read the full article in the Sept. 12 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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