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Cross Country - Coed Middle School
Snapp, Young Win MS Buffalo Trace Championship Races to Lead Augusta

A chance to sweep the individual titles existed as the Augusta middle school cross country team competed in the Buffalo Trace Conference Championship at Mason County on Tuesday, October 03.  The Buffalo Trace Conference consists of Augusta, Bracken County Fleming County, Mason County, and St. Pat.

In the boys’ middle school race, 7th grader Conner Snapp set a new personal record of 10:27 in the 3K as he ran his way to a first place finish to snag his first Buffalo Trace Conference title.  He was followed up by Bracken County’s Bryant Curtis who finished 2nd in 11:44.  The next Augusta finisher would be Josh Bex who medaled, placing 10th, running a season best 13:52.  Eli Cline set a PR of 14:34, while Will Kelsch finished in 14:47, just a few seconds off of his personal best.  Jesse Johnson finished in 15:19, a new personal best.

“It was an exciting race, particularly with the way Conner led,” Coach Tim Litteral said.  “Sometimes it’s difficult to have a big PR like that when you’re out in front by yourself, but he was very focused and hit the splits the way we strategized.   All of our boys performed well, with several PRs and season bests.  We were missing three of our normal top five runners, though, and that made it difficult to compete with Mason County for the team championship.”  Mason County finished first with 20 points; Augusta second with 43.

On the girls’ side, Augusta’s Emma Young had won the MS Girls’ Buffalo Trace Championship the last two seasons.  Young jumped out to a 10-15 second lead and never looked back, as she claimed her third Buffalo Trace Conference Championship, running a season best 11:49.  Finishing second was St. Patrick’s Allison Hughes in 12:15.  Augusta’s other runner, 6th grader Madisonn Wenz, finished in 7th place and set a new PR of 13:54.

“Both Emma and Madisonn are splitting their time between cross country and middle school girls’ basketball, whose season is the same time as ours, so some days they’re missing one practice for the other and some days they’re attending two practices, so it takes a lot of effort and dedication to do both,” Coach Litteral said.  “Both girls work hard, so I was really excited to see Emma win it for a third year in a row, and it was good to see Madisonn medal.”

The team will next compete at the Area 7 Championship this Saturday, Oct. 14, at Mason County.