By DOUG DONNELLY
Keegan Masters finished first and the Bobcat boys cross country team was third overall in the TCC Jamboree Tuesday at Erie Mason.
Masters completed the course in 16:54.
“Keegan ran a phenomenal race today,” said Whiteford coach Jay Yockey. “It wasn’t a clear-cut race until the final 400 when we began to pull away a little. But he stuck it out and finished well.”
Elliott Rodgers finished fifth (18:10 and Zach Kahn also grabbed a top 10 by running the race in 19:13.
“Zach ran great as well,” Yockey said. “He made up some ground on places he need to get in the final 200.”
Dylan Anderson was 28th and Brendon Masters was 29th (20:40) while Luke Rasor cane in 34th (21:34) and T.J. French 52nd (25:46).
Emily Rasor led the Bobcat girls with an 11th place finish (25:22), just ahead of Annie Gapp, who came in a 25:25.
Aubrie Simmons was 14th (25:48) with Jill Webb (26:06) and Megan Butz (26:29) also snagging top 10 finishes. Madelyn Thomas was 25th (27:10), Margo Thomas (30:19) and Erica Holup (30:24) also had great finishes.
“The girls ran tough today as well,” Yockey said. “Aubrie Simmons made a statement for the team by getting out and leading the charge for the girls. We have a strong solid pack; we just need to move up together to accomplish our goals. Some of the girls had off days as they’re dealing with some health issues and soreness from workouts, but they’ll bounce back.”
Yockey said Tuesday’s race was difficult.
“Today was a tough race,” Yockey said. “We’re facing some ailments and soreness, but everyone came out and gave a great effort. We did fall short of our team goals, but now we’ll reassess and refocus for the next race.”
Whiteford’s next race is Saturday at the New Boston Huron invite at Willow Metro Park.
“This is also our regional course so that will be a great preview,” Yockey said.