Bearcat XC gets wet and wild in Cameron


GRAFTON—It seems like the worse the weather gets, the better the Grafton Bearcats Cross Country team’s times become, at least according to the latest results from the Cameron Wet and Wild Invitational this past Saturday at Cameron High School.

The Bearcats’ girls won the event out of 13 schools who participated, and the boys finished second out of 17 schools who made the trip to Marshall County for the annual event.

“It’s the first meet we’ve had this season with bad weather,” said Grafton head coach P.D. Louzy. “It was cold and rainy, but the kids ran well.”

The girls were led by freshmen Avrie Kelley (3rd place, 24:02) followed closely by Kendra Rogucki (4th place, 24:06).  Sophomore Meredith Maier (11th place, 24:54), junior Hannah Moats (19th place, 26:31), and senior Megan Kisner (21st place, 26:40) rounded out the Bearcats top five.

“We had a couple of regional teams at this meet, so it was really nice to beat them and win the meet as we head to Regionals in two weeks,” stated Louzy.

On the boys’ side, sophomore Ryan Maier had an outstanding race, finishing 4th with a time of 19:57. Maier also won the “Performer of the Meet” award. Freshman J.T. Veltri finished in 11th place with a time of 20:53. Senior Christopher Loomis placed 19th (21:19), while sophomore Cayden Boylen finished 22nd with a time of 22:00.  Sophomore Matthew Helmondollar stepped up and posted a solid time of his own, finishing 23rd with a time of 22:06.

“We had regional teams in both races, so this meet was a great confidence booster for my teams,” explained Louzy. “The Big 10 Conference meet is this Thursday and we are getting better every race.  Most of the kids are buying into the training, and the results are showing that.”

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