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Social distancing Wellington Cross Country meet goes off without a hitch

Camden Parkey was Wellington’s top placer in the varsity race.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — To the casual observer, the 2020 Wellington Cross Country Invitational looked like every other single meet held at Hargis Creek on the first or second Saturday in September… except it wasn’t.

In the social distancing world, the number of teams was reduced to 13. Each race was run in waves with one set of runners starting before the second wave of runners based on social distancing guidelines.  The middle school races were canceled. Five runners instead of six constituted the team score.

In the end, it was still a cross country meet. The Winfield boys and girls cross country teams won both 5K varsity races. Clearwater won the two-mile JV boys while Pratt won the JV girls. The following are the full results for the: varsity boys, varsity girls, JV boys, and JV girls.

As for Wellington, the Crusader varsity boys finished sixth as a team. Wellington girls had no varsity runners. Wellington had one JV boys runner and three JV girls runner. 

This marks the first season for new head coach Jaedyn (Ledesma) Showman. She replaces long-time cross country head coach Charles Wallace, who is taking over as an assistant.

“I have been coaching and participating in sports in Wellington my whole life,” Showman said. “Although, this is my first year as head cross country coach, I have coached middle and high school sports in track, basketball, and cross country for four years.”

On Saturday, Wellington scored 169 points, placing sixth. Winfield won the event with 41 points.

Wellington runners Caleb Stover and Zak Kristek.

Wellington’s individual scoring placers are as follows:

21st – Camden Parkey, junior, 20:12.43.

34th – Chilson Ybarra, sr., 21:50:68.

36th – Braeden Ybarra, jr., 22:00.37.

38th – Caleb Sanders, so., 22:17.27.

40th – Zak Kristeck, sr., 23:14.05.

In the JV boys race:

13th – Ryan Bacon, so., 14:39.o8.

Showman stated about the boy runners:

All of the boys have been running great. They run together and push each other continuously. They will continue to battle back and forth on who finishes in the top all season. On any given day, Chilson, Camden, and Braeden could very well finish together. It is awesome to see them push each other. Over the last few weeks, Zak Kristek and Caleb Sanders have been right behind them. It is going to be a fun season to see where they all end up.

On the girls’ side, Wellington had three runners in the JV race.

The placers are as follows:

Jael Catlett in the JV girls race.

12th – Jael Catlett, jr., 17:12.81.

16th – Isabelle Cullens, fr., 17:32.71.

34th – Morgan Bacon, jr., 20:21.96.

Showman states:

Jael Catlett, a junior, came out this year for the first time. She has improved tremendously and we look forward to watching her grow this year and next. Morgan Bacon, also a junior, came out late and has made great progress. She is an extremely hard worker and encourages everyone on the team. Finally, Isabelle Cullens, a freshman, with great potential to have tremendous success has worked her tail off. Isabelle is an all around great athlete.

For all the cross country pictures click here.

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