The Waynesville Tiger and Lady Tigers cross country programs kicked off their season this last Saturday at the Jim Marshall Invitational.
The Lady Tigers started their season well. They placed seventh In the large school division. The Tigers were led by Madelyn Newson who placed 16th in the meet with a 22:24 finish. The rest of the Lady Tigers were in a very strong pack behind her. Freshman Chambre Garcia placed 35th the very tough meet with a 23:58 time. The rest of the Running Tigers were, Brianna Moose at 49th, Andrea Trudell at 50th, Jasmine Cassidy and 51st, and Makka Mujahid with a 58th place finish.
“"Right now we are focused on getting everyone healthy to race. We have some tough girls struggling with injuries right now that we rested today. Once they are injury free we will throw them into the mix at our next race in Lebanon on September 11th, ” Coach Jarman said.
The Junior Varsity division is where next year's stars are waiting. The Waynesville Lady Tigers have a very good group that is ready to fill in. The JV division of the meet ran 3200 meters or 2 miles.
The girls did not have a team score since there were only four girls in the race.
Makayla French and Ashtin Kuhn both ran very good races. French placed 22nd with a time of 16:01 and Kuhn placed 23rd with a time of 16:03. The other two JV girls were Desiree-ester Daos whom placed 53rd and Elise James who placed 62nd.
The Varsity Boys were led by last year’s Class 4 sectional qualifier and All District runner Luke Morrison. The team placed tenth in the meet among several very good schools. He finished with a very strong 17:58 which earned him 12th place in the meet. Morrison lost a shoe early in the race and ran 2.5 miles without it. Victor Daos also finished with a strong 46 place finish in the meet. Daos time was 19:42.
Coach Jarman said about the boys, “Victor Daos performance coming in next for the Tigers with a time 19:42. Impressively, freshman Caleb Pursley was 3rd on the tigers lineup. It was a bittersweet race for Keaton Noah as it was his last team competing as a Tiger before he moves. Rounding out the boys varsity race was Brandon Murphey, Evan Nitchman and Matt Jones.”
The rest of the Tigers finished in a strong pack that ranged from 56th-68th. They were all within 3 minutes of each other. Caleb Pursley placed 56th, Keaton Noah placed 59th, Brandon Murphey earned 62nd. The last two varsity tigers was Eval Nitchman who placed 67th and Matthew Jones who finished strong with a 68th place finish.
“"Our boys side has a lot of different faces than last year and we are working on building that up. Some JV boys from last year, new students and freshmen have stepped into the varsity role and are working hard to fill in those spots,” Coach Jarman said.
The Junior Varsity Boys also only ran two miles in the meet. The Tigers competed with seven runners and placed thirteenth as a team.
Liam Welch placed 41 with a strong time of 13:16. Three Tigers were packed together next. Elan Dreadfulwater, Erik Head, and James Dukas all were 66-69th. Dreadfulwater had a time of 14:02 while Head ran 14:05. Dukas ran 14:19 in the race. Alec Hornyak placed 74th withe a strong time of 14:37. Seth Davis placed 83rd while Ian Zeigler rounded the Tigers off with 93rd overall in a very strong JV race.
Coach Jarman said about the meet, "Today was a good starting point. Right now we are focused on getting everyone healthy to race. We have some tough girls struggling with injuries right now that we are excited to throw into the mix at our next race in Lebanon on September 11th."