Cross Country Heads into Post Season Strong

Terry McCaulley

The Golden Eagle Cross Country team has been a force in the Mountain League, with both the boys and girls finishing their regular season with five straight wins in the last three weeks.

“The team is working hard. We are practicing hard, and it’s paying off at the meets,” said senior Colin Yaudes.

I think we showed up expecting to race well and we pulled through. It helps that our team chemistry is amazing so there is no pressure”

— Senior Ella Pearson

On October 1 the team traveled to Clearfield to take on the Bison and the Central Dragons. Although the competition was tough both the boys and girls team came out on top to keep the win streak going for the Golden Eagles.

Due to weather the team’s home meet against Philipsburg-Osceola and Bald Eagle Area was postponed and was rescheduled for October 15, but the team did travel to Juniata Valley to take on the Hornets and the Mount Union Trojans. Both the boys and girls teams were victorious.

“I think we showed up expecting to race well and we pulled through. It helps that our team chemistry is amazing so there is no pressure,” said senior Ella Pearson on the win against Juniata Valley and Mount Union.

The Golden Eagles then took a short ride right down the road to the rival Bellwood-Antis where the boys won 24-31, and the Lady Eagles placed their top five runners in front of the lady Blue Devils making it a clean sweep of 15-40.

Leading the race was Senior Garin Hoy with a time of 17:31. Next was senior Blaine Hoover with a time of 19:09. Junior Adam Detwiler followed with a time of 19:11. Senior Ian Imler wasn’t far behind with a time of 20:24. Coming in fifth for the Tyrone boys was Junior Rory Quigley with a time of 21:46.

As for the girl’s team, sophomore Beth Pearson led with a time of 22:41. Senior Ella Pearson was next with a time of 22:52. Only four seconds behind was junior Stephanie Ramsey with a time of 22:56. Junior Marissa Lewis was next with a time of 23:14, and coming in fifth for the girls was senior Laura Kohler with a time of 27:51.

The Golden Eagles start their postseason journey as they travel to Penns Valley for a shot to be Mountain League Champions on Thursday, October 21. Then the team will travel back to Altoona’s Logan Elementary for the Blair-Huntington County meet on Tuesday, October 27.

Lastly, the Tyrone boys and girls will go to Indian Valley to race against District 6 on Saturday, October 31 with a chance to qualify for the Pennsylvania State Championships on Saturday, November 7 in Hershey.