Fillmore Central was paced by a 17th-place medal effort by Rachel Hoarty in the talent-laden Aurora Cross Country Invitational on September 7. The Panther junior finished the 2.5-mile course around the Aurora Country Club in 17 minutes, 21 seconds. This was a 28-second improvement over her performance in Aurora a season ago.
Rachel Workentine landed in 33rd position at the meet, while teammates Megan Schiermeyer and Ruth Kendell were 73rd and 79th overall.
Juan Rodriguez paced the FC boys with a time of 19:55 over the 3.1-mile course which landed him in 51st position. This time was a five minute improvement for the Panther senior. Tyler Loontjer placed 57th at the meet. His time of 20:12 was a 30-second improvement from last year’s race over the course. Noah Temme raced in 61st position and Cole Jividen took 79th.
“We had overall improvement from all our runners,” FC coach Brandie Conway said. “I’m very proud of all of them.”
The Panthers host the FC Cross Country Invite this Thursday afternoon. The first race is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Hidden Hills Country Club in rural Geneva.
Returning State-qualifier Rachel Hoarty got her 2012 cross-country season off to a good start, as the Fillmore Central junior improved her time at the season-opening Superior Invitational with a clocking of 16 minutes, 56 seconds. Her effort was good enough for a 10th-place medal at the invite.