Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

Kimball XC Off And Running

The season has begun for the Kimball cross county high school and junior high school teams.

Coach Tiffany Culek Johnson said, “We are very proud of how our runners started the year. They have been working hard in practice with positive attitudes. It is always nice to get the first contest under our belts so that the kids can see where they are at and what they want to work towards.”

The first meet was on August 25 at Scottsbluff.

Junior Shannen Acheson covered the Panhandle Classic 5K run in just over 30 minutes, 30:46.52. Acheson placed 64th in a field of 78.

In the boy’s division of 87 runners, Braylon Miller clocked a time of 21:18.15 taking 30th place, while his brother, Braxton, came in 35th with a time of 21:36.89. Senior Thomas-Lewis placed 39th with a time of 21:58.24, and Wyatt Cords placed 49th, followed by Patrick Howard, Jacob Wendt, and Eddie Duran, 75th, 77th, and 79th place, respectively.

In the middle school 3K run, seventh grader Emmaline Tabor placed 24th out of 59 and completed the 3K in15:10.90. Also a seventh grader, McKenzie Howard, ran her race in 26:25.28 for 58th place in the crowded field.

In the middle school boys division with 72 runners, eighth grader Trey Cook took just 12:28.99 to take 18th place, Connor Markum placed 53rd with a time of 15:37.08, followed closely by Wyatt Cook in 55th place at 15:39.98. Kip Gillming finished the 3K in 18:40.45 to place 66th.

According to Johnson, the teams compete in Gering on Friday but will have more runners.

She said, “I will about double my junior high and will have two more high school boys.”