The Ansonia Tigers cross country program under Coach Jason Wright sets two new records at Treaty City Invitational
GREENVILLE – The Ansonia Cross Country team participated at the Treaty City Invitational this past weekend at Memorial Hill in Greenville Park. Nearly 25 schools from around the area took to the course to compete for the top spot among all divisions and age groups.
The junior high boys were first out for the Tigers. Bennett Lehman led the charge placing 3rd overall in a time of 11:34, breaking the old junior high record that he had set previously this past Tuesday at Preble Shawnee. Brady Wright was next for Ansonia in a time of 16:15. Both boys set new individual PR’s on their season.
The junior high girls followed up with a strong outing for the Lady Tigers. London Reichert finished in 14th place overall in a time of 14:10. Charlotte Barga [16:29], Elise Hahn [17:26], and Mackenzie Billenstein [19:38] all posted outstanding finishes to pace the field.
“Our junior high runners had a great day today,” said Ansonia coach, Jason Wright. “Almost every single runner set a new PR on their season, and Bennett was able to push the school record down another 30 seconds from his time from Tuesday’s race. These kids work so hard every day in practice and I am thrilled to see them reach their goals and continue to improve themselves each race.”
In the high school girls race, Olivia Creager led the Tigers with a new personal record of 24:05 and Emily Kelly crossed the tape at 27:16.
Capping off the day’s events was the high school boys race. Matthew Lee brought home a 9th place overall finish in a time of 17:36.9, setting a new high school boys record that Matthew previously held from last season. Matt Barga [20:37], Ian Brown [22:02], Ethan Sparks [22:28], and Luken Longenecker [22:43] rounded out the top 5 for Ansonia, with Gavin Stachler [23:57] and Brayden Barnes [27:00] solidifying the 16th place finish for the boys team.
“Our high school runners have really come out hard this year,” Coach Wright stated. “We have a few kids who are working through some injuries, so when we can get healthy I think they will really be fun to watch. We are already seeing some big gains early in the season, we just have to keep pushing the limit of grinding hard and maintain self-preservation.”
In all, the runners from Ansonia set two new school records and 11 new personal records on the day. The Tigers will turn their eyes to this Saturday’s race, the Blackhawk Invitational, set to be run at Chenoweth Trails. Races start at 9 am.