Like everyone else, the Tyrone Cross Country has been battling the weather this fall with three of their first four meets postponed or cancelled due to the extremely wet weather.
However, the meets that have been run were all very competitive and the team is looking forward to the second half of the season.
“The season is going well so far. We’re improving each meet and we’re going to keep doing so,” said senior Mike Nagle.
The season started with the Big Valley Invitational, which is the same course that the district championship meet will be held.
The highest placing individual in the boys race was senior Zach Kohler, who placed 9th overall and 3rd in the AA classification with a time of 17:00. He was followed by Matthew Savino (67th), Ian Imler (69th), Nic Light (86th), and Blaine Hoover (88th) who rounded out the top five. Senior Mike Nagle was (92nd), and freshman AJ Detweiler (94th). The boys team placed 13th overall out of 19.
Leading the Tyrone girls team was freshman Marissa Lewis, placing 33rd overall with a time of 22:27. Lewis was followed closely by sophomore Ella Pearson, who placed 37th overall with a time of 22:38. The last four runners for the girls team was Stephanie Ramsey (63rd), Chesney Saltsgiver (83rd), Laura Kohler (104th), and Paige Webster (111th). The girls team placed 12th out of 18 teams overall.
Both squads opened up Mountain League competition to Penns Valley. The boys team lost with a score of 22-33. Tyrone girls lost 24-31.
On September 15th the teams traveled to Altoona to compete in the Altoona Mt. Lion Invitational. Zach Kohler led Tyrone boys again with 4th place and a time of 17:11.62. He was followed by Matt Savino who placed 38th earning himself a medal, and finished with a time of 19:33.64. The boys team placed 9th out of 23.
The girls team was led by Marissa Lewis, who finished 21st with a time of 22:40.62. Lewis was the only medalist for the girls team. Sophomore Ella Pearson (70th) followed Lewis with a time of 25:29.88. The girls team placed 16th out of 21.
After the second Mountain League meet, both teams came out with a win against Central and a loss against Clearfield in a double header. Zach Kohler again took first against both teams. Both squads lost to Clearfield in a close match of 26-30 (boys) and 25-31(girls). The Tyrone teams then both swept Central with a boys score of 16-44 and girls score of 16-43.
“I’m very happy with our results so far and hope that we can win more matches,” said senior Zach Kohler.