Oren and Coryell finish high school career at state

Anthony Guillozet & Jared Overbeek
ThunderHawk Staff Writers

Seniors Molly Oren and Cathy Coryell ended their high school cross country careers at the state finals, on Saturday. Nov. 3.

Oren placed third and Coryell placed 40th out of 241 runners at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI.

Oren finished with a time of 18:03 behind winner Julia Bos and runner-up Kenzie Weler. Oren passed another runner down the final straight away to secure her third place position.

“The race was exciting,” said Oren, who served as team captain along with Anna Spotts.

Coryell knew it would be hard but did not place as high as she hoped. Coryell finished with a time of 19:05.

Coryell had a previous foot injury from a different cross country race. She said she the injury did not cause her 40th place finish.

“I got trapped,” Coryell said. Oren was able to get out front early and avoid being stuck in the large group of runners surrounding Coryell.

“I wasn’t as nervous,” Coryell said with surprise.

Oren expressed similar feelings and described the race as a “blur”.

Coach Travis Pertner called the race “crazy” and knew that the two girls would place well.

“The top kids were not as good,” Pertner said making a state title much more obtainable. Runners from all divisions were at the meet.

Coryell said everyone was running and the last mile was the scariest.

“I wanted to try my best and see what happened,” Coryell said.

Oren and Coryell have both run at state in previous years.

Oren hopes to run in college at DePaul or Hillsdale. Coryell was not certain of her future in cross country.

 

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