CARSON CITY — Carson City-Crystal’s cross country teams fared well in Grant Woodman’s first year as coach.
But what stands out for the Eagle runners were having two champions in cross country in the Mid-State Activities Conference.
If you count the girls team winning the conference title, it’s three.
Individually, Tyler Craig and Katilin Beyer were individual conference champions, which pleased Woodman.
“I was happy with their finish because we improved time and place-wise through every conference meet,” Woodman said of his boys.
“The girls won the league title in their first year in the league and I was very happy with that performance,” he said of his girls. “We ran well in the league meets and got better with each meet.”
Craig’s best time was 16:54 this season.
“I thought Ty finished as I expected,” Woodman said.
Woodman also noted the accomplishments of Kolton Kavanaugh, who was first-team all-conference.
“Kolton Kavanagh and Jeremy Bigford really stepped up by improving their times and places at meets,” he said.
Overall the CC-Crystal boys finished third in the MSAC. Woodman noted the slow start to the season hurt the boys’ final place despite finishing second in the finals MSAC jamboree.
“For the boys, we just needed to be a little faster in the 4th and 5th spots,” Woodman said.
Beyer’s best time for the season was 19:34, which like Craig was the best in the area.
“The girls were steadily improving, and we were first, so the only thing I can ask for next year is to maintain and get faster and to improve on the 3, 4 and 5 spots for girls,” Woodman said.
Elizabeth McCrackin was a first-team all-conference selection, while honorable mention spots went to Gabrielle Hummel and Taylor Ward.
Woodman has high expectations for the girls next season.
“For the girls, we return everyone and get the top middle school girl, so the expectation is to try to repeat as conference champions and get the team to the state meet,” he said.
The boys team will be a bit of a struggle since there will be some turnover, Woodman noted.
“For the boys, we return our top three runners but lose three seniors and we only had 7 guys to begin with,” he said, noting Craig, Kavanagh, and Bigford are returning but Caleb Geselman, Thomas Vargas and Eric Campbell will not. “So we need to get 2-4 more guys out for the team to repeat our conference finish or improve on it. I think that with the success we had this year, we should be able to get a couple of more guys out.”