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When Columbus East hosts Columbus North in boys and girls cross-country, chances are the scores won’t be that close.
The Bull Dog boys and girls have won by perfect dual-meet 15-50 scores each of the past four years, and both North teams are among the state’s best again this season.
But that doesn’t mean the Oct. 1 showdown (moved back from today because of the expected high heat index) at Clifty Creek Elementary will be a wasted effort for the East boys and girls.
The Olympians will be looking for personal-best times and to build a foundation that could lead to a run at possible semi-state berths.
If you go
What: Columbus North at Columbus East boys and girls cross-country
Where: Clifty Creek Elementary
When: Today. Boys race begins at 5:30 p.m., with girls race to follow
“It’s kind of the same odds that we go into every year with,” East girls coach Leslie Weaver said.
“We use it to have one of our best runs, maybe learn a little bit about pacing. A lot of times, they’ll get a perfect score. Our girls maybe want to have that not happen.
For that not to happen, East will have to place a runner in the top five.
The Olympians’ top boys runners are senior Paul Baker and freshman Paul Bean, while the top girls runners are sophomores Morgan Ketron and Kira Singer.
“They have put the training in, and my top girls that were freshmen last year are coming in a little bit more mature with a little more confidence, so I wouldn’t say it’s out of the ballpark,” Weaver said.
“I think we do have some runners who are capable of (placing in the top five),” East boys coach Ryan Burke said. “It will be on our home course, so hopefully, we’ll be in position to do better than we have in some of the recent years.”
Burke, a former North runner and assistant coach under Rick Weinheimer, is in his second year leading the East boys program.
“Running against a team of that caliber is always something that we are looking to do,” Burke said. “It’s going to bring the best out in your team. We’ll go into that meet looking to run the best we can and try to compete.
“They are one of the elite programs in the state, so going in against them and having a good performance whether we win or lose is going to be a huge stepping stone for us as far as building for the rest of the season,” he said. “We have a very young team, and they could use a good confidence boost.”
The meet will be senior night for both teams. Since the meet is at East, the North parents will honor the schools’ boys and girls seniors. East parents do the honoring when North hosts the meet.
“North is always good competition,” Weaver said. “I enjoy the meet. The kids, most of them have grown up together. Unlike a lot of the other sports where it’s high rivalry, it’s a nice meet for us.”
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