SHEPHERD – It was a beautiful night to run last Wednesday when the Beaverton Cross Country team traveled to Shepherd for the John Bruder Classic. Coach Josh Stryker likes to run in Shepherd because they do a “tremendous job hosting races,” he said. They will also run there later in the season when the Blue Jays host a Jack Pine Jamboree and the State Regionals.
Mason Sumner from Breckenridge won the race but freshman Colton Compton and senior Eli Hayes were right there in 11th and 16th place respectively. This was Compton’s first varsity race making his 11th-place finish, second among the freshman in the race, even more impressive. He and Hayes should push each other all season. Stryker thinks that they will “help each other to great things this season.” Other competitors for Beaverton included Dalton Edmonds (41), Nic Claypool (65), Raymond Searfoss (68) and Marc Snooks (75).
The girls team also competed in Shepherd. Mya Crane was the top finisher for the Beavers followed by; Anna Killian, Abby Brushaber, Nina Klempererova and Hannah Hubble. This was the first race for Klempererova and Hubble. Stryker mentioned that Crane will be a “good leader” this season. “She is very athletic and capable of making big gains every week,” he said.
On Saturday the teams traveled to Midland for the Northwood University Invitational. Compton (18:09) and Hayes (18:40) once again led the way for the Beavers. Edmonds (21:48), Searfoss (25:19), Claypool (25:25) and Snooks (32:55) also competed in the meet.
The girls also took part in the meet on the Fisher Trails in Midland. Klempererova had the fastest time for Beaverton at 25:39. Killian was less than a minute behind at 26:36. Brushaber (31:12) and Hubble (47:39) also ran in the meet.