The Randolph Raiders continued their 2020 campaign close to home here in Huntsville at the “John Hunt XC Park” at the “John Hunt XC Series #1” meet this past Tuesday evening, September 15th, 2020. As advertised, the meet was a small one with only 9 schools competing on the old golf course turned running park. The event saw teams from East Limestone high school, Athens Bible School, Mae Jemison, Saint John Paul II Catholic High School, Madison County, Priceville, and Sparkman high school, along with host school Randolph School. John Hunt park offers up a very wide and open space that ensures social distancing is very easy to accomplish.
John Hunt also is almost a real home course as the Raiders have trained on this facility most everyday all summer long. Experience on the course proved to be crucial as the competition was fierce and each team wanted that first place trophy!
The Raiders are back at John Hunt Park in 2 weeks for the “John Hunt XC Series #2” meet on Tuesday, September 29th. This edition of the series will be hosted by Saint John Paul II Catholic High School.
Junior High Girls Grades 7-9 Only 2 Mile Race @ 5:00 PM
The first race of the day was our 7-8th grade girls in the Junior High 2 mile! For the second meet in a row, Lucy Zhang crossed the line first for the girls with a time of 14:12 for the 2 mile distance and 5th place overall! Eighth grader Emma Towner Jones finished 7th overall in 14:16. Hope Falkenberg was not far behind Emma with a 14:36 and 9th place overall finish. Caroline LeVert crossed the line in 16th overall with a 17:10 and Marybella Bailey finished 23rd with a 18:47. The girls finished 2nd overall as a team out of 3 complete teams. Sparkman won with a score of 23, Randolph 46, and Saint John Paul II Catholic High School in third in with 57 points. Great job ladies! Full results.
Junior High Boys Grades 7-9 Only 2 Mile Race @ 5:15 PM
The next race for the Raiders was the Junior High Boys grades 7-9 only 2 mile race. Keaton Schroer (7th gd) stepped up again and finished 10th overall for the boys in 14:07 for the 2 mile distance. Eighth grader Grant Benko finished 11th in 14:13. Seventh grader Arya Amiri was our next runner finishing 13th overall in 14:26. Right behind Arya, Davis Cook finished 15th overall 14:31. Our final scorer was 8th grader Colin Dilworth finishing 25th place in 16:37 for 2 miles. The boys lost a close one to Sparkman, Sparkman scoring 49 points, Randolph in second with 51 points, Buckhorn in 3rd with 55 points, and Athens Bible scoring 58 points. Awesome job 7th-8th grade boys! Full results.
Varsity Girls 5k Race @ 5:30 PM
The Varsity girls had a strong showing at John Hunt Park with a relative dominating performance with senior-captain Sophia White (12th gd) took 2nd overall in a new personal record of 20:12 for the 5k distance. Sarah Kate Mitchell (10th gd) was our next runner in 21:01 and 3rd overall in the race. Senior captain Emma Hudson was our next finisher in 4th overall and 21:19. Parmida Amiri (9th gd) followed close in 5th overall and 21:47. Rachna Ghanta rounded out the top 5 scorers in 12th overall and 22:51. Armita Amiri was our first “displacer”, finishing 14th overall in 23:16. Rachel Gann (11th gd) was our final displacer in 31st overall and 31:20. The girls won the meet in dominating fashion, scoring a low score of 26 points, Saint John Paul II Catholic High School scored 44 points, and Buckhorn finished 3rd with 55 points. Great job ladies! Full results.
Varsity Boys 5k Race @ 5:45 PM
The Varsity boys didn’t have it as easy as the girls did in the team competition. This was a learning lesson for Randolph boys on where their personal fitness lies, and it correlates their heart and desire to compete. Saint John Paul II Catholic High came to compete and definitely put it to the Raiders in the latter stages of the race. Jackie Howse (10th gd) garnished is first ever overall cross country individual win with a 17:27 for the 5k distance. Junior Eric Xing finished 3rd in 17:37. Junior David Coomer was not far behind with 6th place and 17:49. Sophomore Zach Takacs and freshman Wright McManus raced it out to take 11th and 12th places respectively in 18:37 and 18:43. Freshman Evan Shields and Junior captain Felipe Marples Rodriguez finished 14th and 15th respectively in 19:02 and 19:07. Freshman Nate Schamban 18th in 19:30. Fellow Freshman Jamie Matthews followed closely in 27th and 20:05. Senior Adin Rossi and freshman Ethan Engberg set new personal bests and finish 30th and 38th respectively in 20:32 and 21:19. Fellow freshman Howard Tidwell and Thomas Raiford raced each other finishing 41st and 43rd in 21:32 and 21:44. Junior Owen Dubé, sophomore Wesley Hodge, freshman William Jennings raced it in finishing 44th, 46th, and 48th in 22:04, 22:34, and 22:36. After that senior Alex Anderson freshman Luke Pitsinos, and freshman Charles Thompson finished 50th, 53rd, and 54th in 22:49, 23:15, and 23:29. Saint John Paul II Catholic High School took home the top team award with a low score of 26 points, with your Raiders finishing closely in second with 33 points. Buckhorn was third with 73 points, Priceville was fourth with 115 points, and Sparkman in fifth with 141 points. Great job Raiders! Full results.