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Jaden Dietlein (left) and Caden Waitley run side by side towards the start of the McCook race on Thursday, Sept. 14.

PC runners face tough competition, boys place fourth

The heat made for an interesting cross country meet at McCook on Sept. 14, where the PC boys came home with a fourth place finish. 

The meet, which was scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. CT was moved back an hour to hopefully gain some cooler temperatures. Both the boys’ and girls’ races were also reduced from a 5K to a 4K. The junior high runners began the event at 6 p.m. CT with a 2K. 

Coach Paula Wurst said she overheard the high school course was actually closer to a 3.8K. 

“Essentially, it just became a race for places and team scores, because the runners’ times became impossible to compare to any other times this season,” she said. 

Despite the time delay and change in schedule, it was still 94 degrees when the boys’ race started. In addition to the heat, the gnats were extremely thick.

Caden Waitley placed fourth and Jaden Dietlein placed 14th. 

Wurst said the boys all ran very well in the heat.

The girls’ race started about 7:15 p.m., and the temperature had dropped into the 80s. 

Wurst said Hailey Snyder’s top 25 finish was excellent given the caliber of competition.

“Not only is the competition tough at McCook, but the course is extremely hilly. I was very pleased with everyone’s efforts!” said Wurst.

Classes A, B, C and D were represented at the meet. 


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