In most sports the highest point total wins and for even the most casual of fan that is easy enough to understand. The few exceptions are golf and cross country where the lowest score wins. That seems pretty simple too, but determining the winners at EP’s triangular cross country meet in Oregon on Thursday afternoon was a bit more complicated as the Panther boys lost to East Dubuque by one point but easily defeated the host Hawks.
Boys’ Scores: East Dubuque 34, EP 35, Oregon 63
In the boys’ race a trio of East Dubuque runners took the first three spots after putting in a surge the last 800 meters and passing EP’s Andrew Bomleny who finished 5th. An Oregon runner also got by the top Panther finisher before the chute.
The Panthers however, as they have done all season, had a tight pack of runners who followed Bomleny over the finish line taking the next six places. Freshman Charlie Link and Jacob Gibson finished 6th and 7th with Carter Jepson and Luke DeNeve completing the scoring for the Panthers taking 8th and 9th.
The Panthers 6th and 7th runners Alex Gustaf and Parker Holdorf took 10th and 11th overall. This is where the rules of cross country scoring get interesting. Each team in a race can have seven runners that count in the place standing, with the first five counting towards the team score. But any additional runners (more than seven) that compete are not counted as part of team scoring.
So, as the runners finished the Panthers had eight runners finish before East Dubuque’s fifth runner, whose place counts toward the team score, but the Panthers lost the team battle. The ED runner finished 16th, but was placed in the final results as 15th because Zeke Weidel, the eighth Panther and 15th overall finisher in the race, was removed from the team scoring. By lowering their team score by one East Dubuque got the win. There will be a quiz tomorrow…
“Andrew took off quickly and led with our guys who settled into a nice pack,” said head coach Liz Green. “The top boys stayed on Andrew’s heels the whole race and then pulled away the last 800 or so.” Green also said that a few of the EP runners had really dead legs because they had not fully recovered from their meet on Tuesday.
Girl’s Results: EP 28 Oregon 28 (EP wins with 6th runner tie breaker)
The EP girls squeaked out a win in their race as Brooke Lalley, the Panthers 6th runner to finish, got the win for EP as she finished ahead of Oregon’s 6th runner. The 6th place finisher for each school is used as the tie breaker in team scoring. Green said, “Just after her race she came to me really upset about her time. I reminded her we knew they would be slower as we had just run a race on Tuesday.” Later when the team results were announced that disappointment turned in joy for Lalley. “I was able to announce and call out her accomplishment to the whole team,” said Green.
The Panther’s Dylan Chandler took first for EP and 2nd overall in 22:00, three seconds behind Heiar of East Dubuque. A trio of Panthers placed 6th, 7th, and 8th with Jillian Norman, Madyson Bushaw and Jorden Robinson. Kara Schipper completed the Panther scoring in 10th.
Green also gave kudos to Taylor Folsom who ran a strong race and set a PR.