by Nathan Cortez
The Charleston High girls and Mattoon High boys had a successful day Saturday, each finishing fourth at the Charleston Invite.
The Trojans boys, meanwhile, finished eighth while the Green Wave girls took seventh in the meet held on the Panther Trail at Eastern Illinois University.
Senior Josh Hoh led the Charleston in the boy’s race in finishing 12th overall with a time of 17 minutes, 22.15 seconds.
Juniors Megan Garrett and Grace Spoonhour led the way for CHS girls by finishing seventh and eighth, respectively. Garrett clocked in at 19:42.4, followed by Spoonhour seven seconds later.
“It feels good that we worked good together the entire race,” Garrett said.
Said Spoonhour: “I’m really proud of both of us and it was fun getting to run together.”
CHS coach Greg Rogers was pleased with his team’s performance. “Our guys got out like they needed to,” Rogers said. “At the end of the race, they still got a lot of fight in them and they’re going by people.”
Meanwhile, the Mattoon boys’ team took fourth and the girls finished seventh.
Sophomore Brock Davee took eighth place in 17:06.96 to lead the boys, followed by Sam Ferrar (17, 17:31), Josh Ramage (18, 17:34) and Brandon Creel (26 (17:53).
“My plan is to train harder and memorize the routes,” Davee said.
Junior Kylie Haacke grabbed sixth place in 19:31.59 to pace the girls, followed by Quincy Collings (12, 20:13), Mickenze Schofield (22, 20:58) and Allie Wells (47 (25:19).
“I feel pretty good, especially that it’s so early in the season,” Haacke said. “It is definitely a goal to finish in the top five in every meet this year.”
MHS coach Troy Haacke was also impressed by his teams.
“We’ve been working very hard all summer,” Troy Haacke said. “Our hard work is definitely paying off.”