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Meredith Gloy and Colton Pouk medaled at the first cross country meet of the season. Pouk took third and Gloy placed 10th.

Two of four Plainsmen runners medal at first race

The Plainsmen ran their first cross country race of the year Thursday, Sept. 3 at North Platte, and two of the four runners medaled.

Just four students were able to participate in the first meet of the season, and coach Seth Burge said it was a great first race for these four runners. The rest of the team was unable to participate due to joining later in training or illness and quarantine.

There were 12 schools in attendance on Thursday, with 37 boys and 63 girls racing. 

The runners were able to use North Platte’s long, winding course to help track down the competition in front of them during the race, which worked in their benefit. This also allowed for spectators to see the runners multiple times throughout the race.

“Each of the four runners for Perkins County made their race a progression run,” Burge said. “It is difficult to increase pace during a race, but it is what we work on in practice, and I was glad to see the runners embrace this during the St. Pats meet.

The boys scored 6th as a team with just three runners participating. Junior Colton Pouk placed third, which earned him a medal, with a time of 18:37. Sophomore Brient Wood achieved a personal record with a time of 20:57, which placed him in 24th. Senior Keegan Sims placed 52nd with a time of 28:07.

Sophomore Meredith Gloy was the only runner for the girls team in North Platte. She placed 10th, earning a medal, and had a finishing time of 24:26.


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