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Lady Red Hawks lose meet by only one point

Lady Red Hawks lose meet by only one point
The lady Red Hawks working hard close to the mile mark of the race. Courtesy photo.

The Red Hawk girls’ cross country team took to their home course on Saturday, September 12, for the Donut Dual. They competed against Forest Hills Northern, who was last year’s conference champion, and lost by only one point.

Ally Ladd took the lead for the team at less than a half of a mile into the race and held the number three spot the entire time. Ladd ran a new lifetime personal record (PR) of 20:20 and placed 3rd overall. Danika Fessenden moved her way up finishing 4th with a season PR of 21:06.

Freshman Annalise Elliott ran strong throughout the entire race finishing 5th in a time of 21:33.

Another freshman, Addyson Brown, ran her best race finishing 7th running a lifetime PR of 21:50. Molly Bentley passed three Forest Hills Northern girls on the home stretch finishing 9th at 22:03. Isabel VanDusen ran strong and moved up the pack as the race went on coming in the 13th spot at 22:34. Another freshman, Kelsi Green, kept the gaps small between her and the runner ahead and finished 15th at 22:58. Laina Payne proved she is getting stronger with each race and finished 16th with a season record (SR) of 23:04. Larissa McGrath (18th) ran a strong race as well running a 23:10. Next up for the ladies was senior member Paige Marsman who is looking stronger each race finishing 28th with a SR of 24:41. Freshmen Hannah Reed wasn’t far behind (29th, 24:43) showing her improvement from summer training. Next up was Madison Golliver (31st, 25:00) who kept off a huge group behind her. Isabella Smith (38th) looked strong finishing with a 26:48.

“Words cannot explain how happy and excited I am for this great group of girls! They truly are unique and wonderful! We have come so far and we will only go up from here,” said Coach Melinda Stressman. “The girls have been working hard in practice and with every race, they take every opportunity to get better.”

The Red Hawks will compete in the Mini Red Hawk Invitational on September 19 at Red Hawk Elementary.

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