NORTH CRAWFORD - A stiff breeze weaved in and out of the trees along the ridgetop as the North Crawford Trojans joined the rest of the Ridge and Valley Conference in competing for the title of conference champions on Tuesday, October 12. The brisk temperatures and clear skies proved to be a perfect environment for a race on the newest and, arguably, most demanding course in the conference.
Both the Kickapoo-La Farge boys and girls won their respective championships. The Kickapoo-La Farge girls team showed their preparedness to compete in the following sub-sectional meet by finishing with five of the top-ten spots in the race. The Trojans came in at second place backed by solid performances across the whole team.
Trojans senior Helen Carstens led the Trojan girls with a second-place finish and a time of 21:48. Helen, along with juniors Faye Brassington and Emma Schmidt, finished in the top 10 and qualified for the All-Conference team. This is Helen’s fourth straight year as a member of the all-conference team. Following her strong senior season, she has her eyes set on making a final push through the sub-sectional and sectional rounds for her senior season.
The North Crawford boys team placed fourth overall and proved their potential for future seasons. Sophomore Deyton Blaha and freshman Gavin Jacobus, both first time members of the cross country squad, seek to increase their endurance and speed over the offseason.
A surprise addition to the boys’ production this year came in the form of Spanish foreign exchange student Guillermo Perez. Perez finished first for his team at Wauzeka with a race time of 22:00. He has proven himself to be one of the hardest workers on the team and performed extremely well for his first season.The Trojans participated in the sub-sectional round at Brookwood on Monday, Oct. 19.