Bearcat Cross Country scores in middle of the pack at Ritchie Invitational


GRAFTON—The Grafton High School Cross Country team participated in the Ritchie County Invitational recently, held at North Bend State Park just a few miles south of Ellenboro off of Route 50.

Both the boys’ and girls’ teams fared well, as the girls finished fourth out of eight teams while the boys finished seventh out of thirteen teams.

On the girls’ side, the freshman duo of Avrie Kelley and Kendra Rogucki again led the way for the Bearcats. Kelley finished 10th with a time of 22:04 while Rogucki finished just behind Kelley in the 11th spot with a time of 22:18.

Meredith Maier was 25th (23:32) and Hannah Moats came in 33rd (23:58).

“Hannah had a great day, beating her time from last year by 3 minutes,” said GHS head coach P.D. Louzy.

On the boys’ side, Grafton still finished high and just behind Philip Barbour despite competing without a full team.

“I didn’t have one of my top runners due to illness, but my top four runners still finished within 36 seconds of each other,” Louzy explained.

Those times included Ryan Maier with an 18:24 to come in 34th place, JT Veltri with an 18:28 to come in 35th, while Cayden Boylen’s 18:34 was good enough for 39th, and Christopher Loomis ran a 19:00 flat, good enough for 53rd.

“The boys are hitting their stride at the right time,” stated Louzy. “We’ve got a little bit of a break for the next couple weeks so we’ll use this time to train and get healthy.”

The Bearcats will have this weekend off due to Homecoming festivities and will be back in action on Thursday, October 10, when they will host a small meet at home.

Two days later on Saturday, October 12, GHS will travel to Marshall County for the Wet and Wild Invitational, held in Cameron.

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