Running over a challenging course on a hot and muggy Tuesday afternoon, the Camden High girls’ cross country team returned home from Great Falls with its first win in the initial meet of the season.
The boys’ portion of the race was stopped due to lightning.
“It was the first time we had run on the course and it was definitely challenging,” said CHS head coach Pam Chickering. “It was located on the (GFHS) campus, with several hills and wooded areas, but it was a challenge we needed to start the season. The girls maintained well throughout the race and placed well overall.”
Freshman Stephanie Areford led the Lady Bulldogs with a fifth-place finish in a time of 22:35. Freshmen Megan Goodrich and Isabel Estrada and junior teammate Abby McLaughlin, followed each other to the finish line in taking seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively. Freshman Caroline Woolard added to the CHS point total with a 13th place finish.
Chickering, whose team lost their top runner, Jordan Woody, to graduation, said she was proud of the results and the effort her girls are putting in every day.
“Again, we have a very young team with no seniors and the top runners being in ninth grade,” she said. “We still have a long ways to go in preparation for the region meet and state championships but the girls are working hard as they know what they need to do to achieve the goal of qualifying again this year. ]
“Other girls running this year are Heather Woolard, Julia Keen, Deniah Arthur, McKenzie Taylor, Staci Sumpter, Mary Caston Morgan and McKayla Cox.”