Cross Country ends season strong

The boys and girls cross country teams wrapped up the season last week and for the first time in the school’s history, both teams were named regional champs at the same time. The girls defended their title, while the boys won for the first time since 1999.

Neither team was found slacking in the state championship and landed two of the highest finishes; the boys team finished in 4th place and the girls team finished in 5th.

Cross Country teams also held some of the best regular season records as well.  The girls ended their season with 21 wins and a single loss, while the boys held on to 19 wins with only three losses.

Besides team successes, both the Cross Country girls and boys also earned individual achievements.  Kory Johnston was not only a regional champion, but her 4th place finish at states was the highest ever by a Falcon girl runner.

Girls individual honors also went to sophomore Salya Brown, who won All-State honors by finishing 8th in the state  championship. Brown was also awarded All-Region honors following her 3rd place finish. Other individual girls who received All-Region honors were junior Annie Busch for a 4th place finish, junior McKenzie Taylor for her 10th place finish, and sophomore Kaylin Seim for her 11th place finish.

From the boys team, the top five runners were all named to the All-Region team including Tyler Dalton in 4th place, sophomore Rex Lemmon who finished in 5th place, senior Taylor Dalton for his 7th place finish, junior Owen Comeyne in 10th place, and sophomore Braden Cruz for his finish in 12th place.

Both teams plan to return most of their starters next year and are looking to build on this year’s accomplishments.