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One of Rick Weinheimer’s themes for his Columbus North boys and girls cross-country teams this year is to develop a greater level of toughness.
Through the first four meets of the season, Weinheimer is happy with the results. The Bull Dogs gutted out some tough performances on a hot, humid Tuesday at Ceraland in 15-50 dual-meet wins over Columbus East.
“We had a 100-degree summer almost every day, and then it just seems like on racing days lately, it’s been just tough racing conditions,” Weinheimer said. “It’s not raining today, but it feels like the air is just as thick as if it were raining, so I thought we competed very hard today in these conditions. There’s going to be a time when we get a nice, crisp morning, and we’re going to run really fast.”
North had the top 11 finishers in the girls meet and the top seven runners in the boys meet to record perfect scores. Junior Mackenzie Caldwell won the girls race in 18 minutes, 44 seconds.
“It’s definitely warm and humid,” Caldwell said. “We definitely got a lot of practice in this weather, so that helps.”
Rachael Sollman finished second in 19:19. She was followed by Sierra Lax in third (20:35), Nina Bouthier fourth (20:55), Bente Bouthier fifth (21:07), Rosemary Yonushonis sixth (21:10) and Morgan Neal seventh (21:28).
Allie Newell led the Olympians with an 11th-place finish in 22:34. Kira Singer took 14th in 23:04, and Kapri Geraghty was 16th in 23:54.
“That rotation was a little unexpected,” East girls coach Leslie Weaver said. “When we ran at Martinsville on Saturday, it was a mix-up, and today, it kind of fluctuated again. It’s kind of up in the air.
“The humidity played a factor in it,” she said. “There was a little bit of fatigue coming off Saturday for some girls. Overall, we ran some good times, and I was really happy with our performance today.”
Senior Karson Tays won the boys race in 16:40. Andy Carr took second in 16:51 and was followed by Seth Williams in third (16:55), Chase Ballard fourth (17:05), Chris Von Hoene fifth (17:07, Kevin Rudzinski sixth (17:16) and Josh Beiriger seventh (17:22).
“It was a little humid, but we all gave it our best today,” Tays said. “I feel like everybody is running really good right now.”
Clayton Johnson led the Olympians with an eighth-place finish in 17:41. Jordan Foster took 14th in 18:31, and Daniel Zwissler was 21st in 18:58.
“I thought we had a really strong effort today,” East boys coach Ryan Burke said. “We had a really strong effort on Saturday, and we have another big race coming up. But I thought given the conditions today, we went out and ran with the best that we had today
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