CC-Crystal runners close to titles

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:20 am on Monday, November 18, 2013

CARSON CITY — Carson City-Crystal’s cross country teams saw a mixed bag of results this season.

The Eagles almost won the Mid-State Activities Conference in both boys and girls, but Montabella took the girls’ race and Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart won the boys race.

Still, coach Grant Woodman saw a lot of different things about his teams.

“For the girls, I thought we had some high points and some things we could have done a bit better on,” Woodman said. “The high points were having Kaitlin (Beyer) make first team All-MSAC, Elizabeth McCrackin and Taylor Ward make honorable mention All-MSAC, and Kaitlin make All-State. I thought we could get two more girls to the state meet, but Taylor came down with a shin problem the week before regionals and Elizabeth fought hard, but couldn’t make it out.”

The boys “overachieved,” according to Woodman.

“We were only seven points off of winning the league. We had the individual league champion in Ty  (Tyler) Craig, Kolton Kavanagh made first team All-MSAC and Jeremy Bigford was honorable mention,” he said. “Ty and Kolton both made it to state (finals) and Ty improved 20 spots from his performance there last year.”

Woodman cited McCrackin as one of the girls who stepped up this season.

“For the girls, Elizabeth McCrackin stepped into a leadership role for the girls team and really helped bring Taylor Ward, Makayla Baker and Karagan Kavanagh along,” he said. “She was a training leader as well as a leader off the course.”

On the boys’ side, it was a trio.

“For the guys, I thought Jeremy Bigford, Taylor Benavidez and Cody Flinn all stepped up to help the team come close to winning a league title, but the biggest surprise was the emergence of Tylor Coston,” Woodman said. “Over the course of the season, he improved his time by around 4 1/2 minutes. I see him being a big contributor next season if he stays focused.”

Next season could be interesting for the girls’ team, Woodman said.

“Next season for the girls, we return everyone but Elizabeth and Lindsay (McClintic), so we should be okay in terms of depth,” he said. “Taylor, Makaya, and Karagan will be more experienced, so I believe will do fine. I think we will look for one or two more from the high school because we dont have any eighth graders at the moment who are planning on coming out. I do expect us to contend for the MSAC title and get more than Kaitlin to the state meet.”

The boys will have to replace Craig, which will be difficult, Woodman said.

“For the boys, we have some big shoes to fill for Ty, but I believe Kolton and Jeremy will step up to lead the team effectively,” he said. “There are two to three middle school boys who will be coming up and I believe they will contribute right away.”

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