Cross Country News

Mercy Shines at Cross Country State Meet

November 6th, 2010

In Carrollton on Saturday morning, the Mercy cross country team competed in near freezing temperatures at the Class A state meet.  Despite the cold and blustery conditions, the boys ran to a 10th place finish and the girls competed well to finish 5th. Coaches Matt Hofkes and Mark Tolcher were extremely pleased with the performances that their athletes turned out. 

Coach Hofkes noted that the girls were ranked 10th entering the meet and few people thought they had a chance to end up on the podium.  "The girls however thought differently," and when five of their seven girls competing ran season bests. The Lady Bobcats ran past five of their competitors and surprised a lot of schools.  Andrea Raville led the team with a 17th place finish and was followed closely by her teammate Yarahi Castillo in 18th.  Colleen Kelly also turned in a strong performance finishing 36th , and Nicole Gagnier and Melanie Hackney both ran lifetime bests finishing 56th and 73rd to round out the top five.  Mignon Farnet and Jamie Morgan competed as well; Mignon ran a personal best time of 23:55.  The Bobcats ended the year with 7 girls under 24:00, which is a testament to their hard work and depth.

The Mercy boys were equally as impressive as the girls.  Their 10th place finish in class A was a solid showing in a year in which Class A cross country runs very deep.  The Bobcats scored over 200 points better than last season and finished the year with their top five all under 19:10 and top seven under 20:00.  Jonathan Bridier led the boys with a 6th place finish in a blazing time of 16:32.  In addition to medalling in Class A, Jonathan's time ranked him 35th All Class.  John Raville ran well finishing 43rd.  He was followed by teammates Andrew Walker in 65th, Nile Freeman in 79th, Zayd Johnson in 91st, Huy Trinh in 104th, and Steven Johnston in 129th.  Zayd Johnson and Huy Trinh each ran lifetime bests.  

Coach Hofkes said overall he was very pleased with the results of the meet: "As a team, we peaked at just the right time and came together to accomplish our goals."  When asked about next year Coach Hofkes commented, "The team will be returning five of its top seven boys and four of its top eight girls next year, so the future looks bright.  We also have a number of young runners who are in position to fill spots on the varsity roster." 


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