Full roster improves cross country team
For the first time this year, De Soto's girls cross country team competed as a team and the results were just what coach Chris McAfee wanted.
How does a second-place team effort, at the Lansing Invitational held on the campus of St. Mary's College, sound?
"It was a great experience to finally have a full team," said McAfee. "And to have success was a big boost for us."
One of the ingredients for the Lady Wildcats was the return of Katie James, who had a stress fracture in her left leg.
"For my first race I think I did pretty good," James said. "But I know I can do better."
James, who stayed in shape by riding a bike when she couldn't run, started out strong and still had enough in the tank to pass four or five runners en route to 13:35 finish, clocking in 19th place medal.
Laurie Wilson led the attack for De Soto with an impressive time of 12:10, a personal best, and a fifth place medal.
"It was pretty tough to get out there and run today," said Wilson. "You have a lot going through your mind. But it was all worth the effort."
Sarah Jokisch was the second De Soto runner to cross the finish line. She was clocked in a time of 12:45 and came in 11th.
Cassie Garza and Melissa Roberts came in 18th and 22nd with times of 13:25 13:48, respectively.
Marianna Maeghles and Alisa Jones did well for the junior varsity by placing 18th and 19th in times of 16:10 and 16:22, respectively.
Though the boys didn't field a full team, they still did very well also.
Both Casey Johnson and Jason Wayne earned medals by placing 13th and 19th respectively. Johnson was clocked in a time of 17:03 and Wayne ran the three-mile course in a time of 17:13.
According to Wayne, who likes to catch people by sprinting up hills, the course was in kind of rough shape.
"It was a pretty rough course with lots of ups and downs and a lot of debris," said Wayne.
Next up for De Soto is the Cat Classic to be held at Shawnee Mission Park Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m.