Locomotive runners turn in great performance at Eastern A Fall Classic

Connor Waddingham
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Photo courtesy of Gloria Allwin                        Junior Andria Mourich pushing hard toward the end of the Eastern A Classic on Saturday. Mourich turned heads in this meet as she took first place overall and shattered her previous PR.

Photo courtesy of Gloria Allwin
          
            Junior Andria Mourich pushing hard toward the end of the Eastern A Classic on Saturday. Mourich turned heads in this meet as she took first place overall and shattered her previous PR.

After a nice, 13–day rest period in between meets, the Laurel cross country team performed exceptionally well at the Eastern A Fall Classic, better known as Divisionals. Their meet in Helena on Oct. 10 was cancelled.

Last year, both teams finished in sec- ond at the Eastern A. The girls had simi- lar success this year, finishing second overall as a team and even producing a couple of surprise finishes. The boys finished fourth overall, placing four run- ners in the top 30.

Eastern A Fall Classic

The Eastern A Divisionals cross country meet was on a fair-weathered Saturday, Oct. 19. The meet was hosted by Billings Central, so many Laurel supporters were able to come and cheer on their Locomotives.

The girls had a memorable performance in this meet. Overall, they took second place to Hardin. However, Laurel had the two top finishers.

Junior Andria Mourich was the talk of the meet for the Lady Locos. She surprised a lot of people in this meet as she placed first place overall by nearly 10 seconds. Coming into the season, Mourich’s personal record in the 5,000 meter was 20:53, which she set in the Eastern A Classic two years ago during her freshman year. Over the course of the past month, however, Mourich has set her PR a total of three times in five meets. Times of 20:24 on Sept. 20 and 20:15 on Oct. 5 led to Mourich shattering her PR at the Fall Classic. She ran her best-ever time of 19:41 in Billings on Saturday, which was 34 seconds faster than her PR that she set in the previous meet.

Freshman Carly Cook followed behind

Mourich, finishing second with a time of

19:49, the second-best time of her freshman season. Sophomore Lauren Taylor

finished seventh, with a time of 20:01 as

she destroyed her previous PR of 20:49 by nearly 50 seconds. Junior Grace Timm finished 11th in this race, with a time of 20:31. Seniors Britnee Atkinson and Lizzie Wisecup finished 23rd and 33rd, respectively. Sophomore Becky Melcher ran at 22:29, which was good enough for 26th place.

The boys took fourth overall as a team, but didn’t have the success the girls had individually. Seniors Haden Wilson and Draven Earles ran the best times for the boys. Wilson took 11th with a time of 16:52, and Earles set his PR of 17:26 en route to a 21st place finish. Colton Trostle finished 28th with his SR time of 18:00 flat. Dylan Paris closely followed Trostle as he finished just three second behind him, placing 29th with a time of 18:03.

Senior Ivan Lee ran one of his best races of his senior season, with his time of 18:18 and a placement of 36th. Fresh- man Garrett Martin and sophomore Pason Gage rounded out the bottom of the Locos, placing 42nd and 50th respectively.

The cross country team now moves onto their final meet of the season, the Class A State cross country meet in Great Falls. The runners will have six nights and five days of rest between the Eastern A Classic and State, which should be enough time to be well-rested and ready to roll on Friday. The meet is scheduled to get started at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 25. Good luck to the Laurel harriers at State, and best of luck to Haden Wilson, Draven Earles, Ivan Lee, Britnee Atkinson, and Lizzie Wisecup as the five runners will be running in their final high school cross country meet.

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