The Girls Cross Country team made great strides in its first year running as a co-ed program under Head Coach Chris Ickes, finishing in the top half in six of their seven meets. The girls’ season was highlighted by a second place overall finish at the WRC Championship after having finished in sixth place just a year ago. The team finished in ninth place at the District Meet and were led by regional and state qualifier freshman Ellie Pleune who ran in 10th place.
Ellie Pleune, led all Bomber runners with a 19:10 season-best in the 5k event at the Medina Cross Country Festival and also qualified as an individual to the State meet after qualifying 23rd at the regional tournament. Pleune was the first Kenston girl to qualify for State since 2005, where she finished 123rd overall.
The Boys Cross Country team performed at an extremely high level all season, having won five meets including the WRC Championship. The team placed first at the Green Invitational, the Gibas Invitational at Kenston, at Woodridge and at Medina. On October 21st, the team finished second at Districts and followed that up with a fourth place finish at the Regional to qualify as a team to the State Championship on November 4.
The team was paced all year by junior Jakob McConnell who ran a season-best 15:50 in the 5K at the District Meet in Cortland. Also scoring regularly for the Bombers were seniors Sam Markel, Jacob Sandoval, Will Grendell and Will Britton, junior Kyle Silk, and sophomores Jordan Knapp and Casey Pleune.
Head Coach Chris Ickes was awarded with the WRC Coach of the year honors in leading the boys to their third title in three years since joining the conference.
Jakob McConnell led all Kenston runners finishing in 46th place at the State meet as the team finished in 14th place overall behind these other top finishes: Sam Markel in 85th, Jacob Sandoval in 99th, Will Britton in 104th, Kyle Silk in 107th, Will Grendell in 145th and Jordan Knapp in 155. This marked the second straight top 15 finish at State for the boys team. Congratulations on such an accomplishment!