The Blazers headed to the WSU cross country course on Sept. 2 with high hopes, and headed home with the satisfaction of our boys moving up from last year’s 10th place finish to 7th.
Trent Cochran led the way for GE with a first place finish and a new all-time school record for the 5k of 16:00.4 – a truly amazing accomplishment this early in the season.
Last time GE had an individual champion at this meet was Cali George in 2007, which was also a school record. Trent now holds the school records in Cross Country for fastest time, and highest state finish. Cochran is now ranked as the number one runner in the state in 6A and number three in the state all classifications—amazingly the top three runners in the state are all separated by three seconds 15:58. 15:59, and 16:00. Milesplit of Kansas has Cochran picked to win the 6A State meet this year. Provided that he and the ‘ team stay healthy, look to continued improved performances from the Blazer Cross Country team as they transition to the Sunflower League this season.
Rodolfo Berrum, Josh Frazier and Mitch Lumley also ran new personal bests and improved greatly on their performances from last week—these boys look to become major contributors as seasoned runners Carson Hughes, Fazier, and Berrum look to support Cochran with strong finishes. The boys’ team also picked up three Freshman who look to be consistent varsity contributors. Quenton Walion, Owen Mussaro, and Jack Lott all look to offer Varsity points to the team this season. Walion and Mussaro showed two of the best Freshman times in 6A this past weekend.
Our girls improved from 7th in 2016 to sixth this year, and were only 5 points away from a team third place finish. Freshman Mallory Boden was our top finisher in 13th at 21:32, which showed an impressive performance for the first meet of the season.
Larissa Weidler moved up to 22nd from 28 last year, and Kelby Wilson and Jade Haney followed closely at 26 and 27. The girls ran effectively as a team and really showed great promise for improvement on the season.
The Blazers have 49 runners out this season and will field C-team, JV, and Varsity teams at most meets.
Next up for the Blazers will be Saturday Night Lights at ODAC. Girls race at 8:30and Boys at 9 p.m.