Despite injuries, runners perform well at KC Metro meet
When they’re healthy, the De Soto Wildcats look like one of the top cross country teams in the state.
But even when the squad isn’t, it still competes well, which was the case Saturday at the Kansas City Metro Championships in Raymore, Mo.
“I’m pretty satisfied with the effort the teams gave,” coach Chris McAfee said. “We’re not healthy by any means, not even close. We had a couple guys sick this week, and still are battling injuries.”
Angel Vasquez and Ry Patton, two of the boys team’s top runners, have hip flexor injuries, McAfee said.
The boys grabbed 13th place out of 26 teams, which McAfee said impressed him, considering Phillip Kaul and Ben Burgweger were trying to beat the seasonal flu.
Austin Hinchey, Diego Sanchez and Bryan Jessip were the top runners for the boys, logging times of 16:52, 17:34 and 18:11, respectively.
Hinchey’s time was a personal record, and also made him the fifth fastest senior ever at De Soto.
The girls team placed 15th out of 24 teams, which McAfee said he was fine with because Lacey Erickson was unable to compete because of an injury.
Beth Reichenberger led the squad with a time of 20:20, which was good enough for 45th place overall.
“It was a personal record for her,” McAfee said. “She missed the junior class record by five seconds. Carly Stanley also had a great effort.”
Stanley ran a 20:32, which would place her at a 16:24 4K pace.
Ellie Sheridan placed third for the Wildcats with a time of 20:59.
“It was a great effort after being sick all week,” McAfee said.
McAfee said he was looking forward to when his team was healthy again so it can return to top form.
“The biggest thing with the guys and girls is that they competed really hard,” he said. “They did everything we asked. The next four weeks we will get to work on some minor things and hopefully we’ll continue to be successful.”
De Soto travels Thursday to Mill Valley.