CARSON CITY – More than 2,800 runners converged on Fish Creek Sportmen’s Club Saturday to participate in the 37th annual Don Baese Boys and Girls Cross Country Invitational.
Local school districts Carson City-Crystal, Montabella, Vestaburg and Greenville ran in three divisions, separated by school size and participated at both high school or middle school levels. Belding was listed, but withdrew, Carson City-Crystal Athletic Director Larry Farmer said.
“There are 75 high schools and 49 middle schools from around the state,” Farmer said. “It is one of the top two largest cross country meets in the state.”
There were additional open races, which tallied up a total of 19 races over the course of the day.
“The weather was a little windy and cold,” Kaitlin Beyer said, a freshmen who placed 22nd in the Gold Division, finishing first for the Eagle women harriers. “I got a 20:26.7, but I was two seconds off my P.R. (personal record) and there is always next week.”
Teammate sophomore Tyler Craig agreed the weather was a detriment.
“I don’t like it too hot when I run, but not too cold either,” Craig said, who ran a 17:58.9, placing 23rd in his race. “It was colder than what I like, but I tried to stay close to the pack to get out of it more. I had a decent time.”
The Carson City girl’s team placed 14th out of 21 teams, with the men finishing 14th as well out of 19 teams.
In the Blue Division, Vestaburg had only three female finishers and did not qualify for a team, while the male runners placed 14th out of 15 teams.
Montabella, also in the Blue Division, finished at 11 of 12 for the girl’s team and 12 of 15 in the boy’s league.
“Going into the woods helped cut the wind, and I was pleased with with my time,” Christian Watson said, a Montabella sophomore. “I got a P.R of 18:47.2. Usually a lot of us get P.R.s on this course every year because it is nice and flat with only one hill.”
Competing in the White Division, Greenville’s Bailey Parmelee anticipated she would finish third or fourth. Her time of 18:13.7 was good for a third with her team placing 11th of 16 teams.
“I liked the course, and the wind died down a lot since the morning, which made it better,” Parmelee, a senior said. “The temperature was cooler, but I like it better that way,.”
Senior Danny Hansen was the top placer for the Greenville boys, finished in 60th place with a time of 17:48.3.
The Greenville men finished 17th of 18 teams.