Thursday, December 22, 2016

Oren, Coryell to run at cross country state meet

Hamilton senior girls Cathy Coryell and Molly Oren will be attending the Division II Cross Country State Finals this Saturday, Nov. 3.

The meet is held at Michigan International Speedway every year. The whole girls team will be traveling with them to support the two seniors in their final race of high school.

“I’ll be there,” sophomore Cameron Everse said, “cheering as loudly as I can for my fellow teammates.”

Coryell said she is nervous about the meet because the past 3 years that she has gone, the whole team ran in the meet.  Now, it will just be her and Molly.

She has big goal for herself this year; hopefully placing in the top 30 and beating her personal record of 18:20.

“If there is one thing I do at this meet it would be to get a time below 18:00 minutes,” Coryell said. “I want to see that 17 when I cross the finish line.”

On the other hand , Molly is more excited for this meet than nervous. The only thing that brings the potential of nerves to Molly is being in a box with a bunch of strangers since the whole team won’t be running. Oren’s goal is to beat her personal record of 17:56 and have a great last high school race.

“It’s just another race, it may be my last one, but its just another race,” Oren said.

Athletic director Jerry Haggerty is very pleased with the team. Seven years ago they were thinking about cutting the program because they didn’t have a complete team. Now,  individuals from the team are going to state every year. Never did he dream that this program would develop so rapidly.

“It’s been great to watch this team evolve, a real pleasure,” Mr. Haggerty said.

Coach Travis Pertner has high hopes for the girls this weekend. He wants them both to place in the top 30 to earn all state. He also says it will be hard on the team to lose these two runners since they have “set the precedent of what work ethic achieves.”

“This weekend will bring a fight to the finish with hopefully great outcomes,” Pertner said.

 

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