For Scotland’s cross country team, all signs point towards an inevitable clash with Pinecrest for conference supremacy.
The Fighting Scots’ top runners continued to shine last Tuesday at Richmond, posting results that echoed nearly every meet this season save for week two at Pinecrest. In addition to Scotland and Richmond, Purnell Swett also competed in the meet.
As they have done in four of five season meets, the boy’s cross country squad took first place overall at Richmond with the first and second place times occupied by Logan Ward (17.55) and John Holloway (18.08).
Both Ward and Holloway have alternated first place honors all season long.
Other notable times included Kendall Romaine, who has also had several strong showings this season. He finished fifth overall with a 18:45.
A new face would emerge in the top six finishers as well: Kytel Collins-Jackson. Despite being a starter for the Scotland varsity soccer team, Jackson’s times have steadily improved over the last three meets he’s competed in (he ran a 20:40 at Pinecrest, 19:05 at Hoke and 18:45 at Richmond), with his latest time netting him a sixth place overall finish.
Scotland senior cross country runner Shyanne Pate would finish first place overall for the girl’s team with a time of 23:19, marking the fourth time in 2012 that Pate has accomplished this feat. And though the girl’s team would not qualify due to lack of runners, Sydney Faulk nonetheless ran a 25:33 to finish sixth overall for her squad.
Only one team in the conference has matched the success of Scotland’s squad all season: Pinecrest. And on Tuesday afternoon, the Patriots will travel to St. Andrews University for the Scots’ second home meet of the season. The last time these two teams met, Pinecrest secured the top seven fastest times for their girl’s squad while the Patriots’ boys finished first as well.
The home meet for the Fighting Scots will begin Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. near the St. Andrews softball field.