By Kristi Reed
After losing their season opener on Thursday, Mill Creek’s cross country teams are hoping for a win as they travel to Rome, Ga. on Saturday for the Berry Invitational. The race is set to begin at 9:45 a.m.
Even though the Lady Hawks lost to Marist last Thursday, the race had some positives as several runners showed significant improvement from the team’s August time trial.
Megan Steinocher and Rachel Humphreys were honored as runners of the week. Steinocher improved her time by 30 seconds from the team’s August 9 time trial. Humphreys improved her time by four minutes.
Brittany Westmoreland (21:23), Megan Steinocher (21:51), Alicia Connolly (22:14), Hanna Hill (23:26) and Amber Yi (24:07) posted the top times for Mill Creek in Thursday’s 25-34 loss to Marist.
Mill Creek girls’ varsity coach Tom Kutter said he was pleased with the team’s first race.
“I thought overall, we ran well as a team,” he said.
Mill Creek boys’ varsity coach Andy Christie said he expected a tough match against Marist, the top ranked team in AAAA.
“I was happy with our overall performance,” he said. “It was mostly just a chance for us to start the season in a low key meet.”
Marist won by a score of 21-39. Top five runners for Mill Creek were Austin Boetje (18:17), Steven Zwick (18:45), Tim Heffner (18:53), Andres Tostes (18:57) and Brandon Gaunt (19:07).
Christie said the Berry Invitational on Saturday would be the first real test for his team.
“It will tell us where we stand compared to other state and region teams,” he said.