Coed Varsity Cross Country · VanHoosier Accepts Challenge, Steps Up to Lead Crusaders

On September 15th, an ideal day for running, the Northside Christian Crusaders competed in the Lexington County Championships. The Boys Team continues to improve, and sophomore Connor VanHoosier who is in his fourth year of running for the team is a prime example of the improvements the team continues to make. Being challenged to run the race in under 23 minutes, VanHoosier did more than simply rise to the task. VanHoosier not only set a personal best record of 22:18.42, but he paced the team for the first time in his career as well. When asked about the race, VanHoosier responded “It felt great and not so great at the same time; it was tough for me to run at that pace, but I felt really good towards the end of the race and finishing strong was easy. It has been a goal of mine to pace the team, that is something I have never done since I joined the team, and so being able to pace the team after four years is a huge personal accomplishment and the milestone is special to me.” VanHoosier is not the only runner who is improving, everyone has been improving, and VanHoosier offered a couple of thoughts on the team as a whole: “Our Girls Varsity team has been much faster and has shown great endurance. Our Guys Varsity team continues to improve, and I believe the best is yet to come. Our JV teams are improving as well as they continue to build their endurance; I would like to see them walk less, and I will continue to encourage them to keep running and not walk.” VanHoosier and the rest of the Varsity runners will head to Great Falls on September 29th to compete on an unfamiliar course. The full Crusader Boys race results from the Lexington County Championships can be seen below.

Boys Varsity 5K:

Connor VanHoosier: 22:18.46

William Cochrane: 23:01.80

Noah Greene: 24:34.27

Max Thomas: 24:35.84

J.T. Wiggins: 25:40.71

Tyler Shick: 27:14.89

JV Boys 5K:

Seth Cantave: 26:25.10

Trenton Manzi: 36:46.71

Aiden Andrews: 36:59.32