TIPTON — Clinton started out the cross country season with a challenging race at Tipton, with the boys coming in fourth as a team.
“Tonight was a tough race for us with some challenging conditions with high humidity, wind, and a really soft course,” coach Kellen Schneeberger said. “This course has some quality small schools and is a good way to kick off our away meet schedule.”
Lauren Buer was thetop finisher for the girlsin 25:49.7.
“The varsity girls took the course at peak heat, and we weren’t at full strength, but our girls gave a good effort,” Schneeberger said. “We are really trying to navigate the lack of experience and bring them along. We have a lot of athletes on the team that just need to believe in their training, each other, and mostly themselves.”
Junior Noah Smith finished in the top 20 for the River Kings in 18:55.7. Teammates Kyle Gassman and Sean Hammond weren’t far being in the top 40.
“On the boys side, we have a large junior class and many of them put in a lot of miles this summer, have really worked hard and listened to Coach Griswold in the weight room,” Schneeberger said. “We’re starting to look the part.”
The boys finished behind Clear Creek-Amana, Tipton and Calamus-Wheatland in the team standings. The girls didn’t have a complete team.
“At first glance, tonight looked a little rough around the edges, but we had a surprising amount of time drops,” Schneeberger said. “We’ll meet tomorrow and talk more about the mental side and treating your body pre and post race. We hope to see some good races on Thursday.”
The Kings and Queens will run again Thursday, heading to Northeast High School.