On Saturday, Aug. 31st, the Panthers woke up early and headed to Palo Verde to compete in the annual Labor Day cross country meet. Which, for a lot of runners would be their first race on a true cross country course.
“It’s great for the school because it shows the collaboration that goes on not only at Palo but also in the community. It takes a coordinated effort between Palo, Rogich, and the community center to host this event,” states Coach Meis.
This meet was a huge one not only for the school but those competing in it as well. With 29 schools entered in total, the competition proved to be strong.
“This meet was a fun experience to finally race altogether as a team. It’s a huge meet with a lot of competition, so it’s exciting to take this challenge on after all our training in the preseason,” says Boston Boyack, junior co-captain of the boys cross country.
Boyack finished third for the Palo boys with a time hitting just at 19 minutes for the 5k course. He plans on making every race better than the last with an intense work ethic and proper preparation.
In order to host this meet in a smooth matter, it requires at least twenty volunteers, and sometimes even more. These volunteers help to monitor the course, work the finish chute, work the concession stand, and hand out medals.
A lot of the volunteers come from parents/guardians of our Panther runners, teammates who are unable to race, and fellow classmates looking for a way to help.
As results came in after the races, the girls cross country team showed off their hard work in a season better than last year.
The frosh/soph girls finished with a team score of 73 in third place while the junior and senior girls finished with a team score of 79 in second place.
Congratulations to all the Panthers who raced in this meet! Make sure to come and support your Panther runners at the next home meet on Tues, Sept. 17th for the Palo Verde Weekday.