Singleton places sixth at Cross-Country districts


Riley Ryen, Staff Writer

Some runners did especially well at districts on Saturday, October 31, at the Ridgway Elementary School. Eli Fox had the fastest time on the team with exactly 20 minutes. Scarlett Singleton had the fastest time for the girls on the team with 22 minutes and 40 seconds. Scarlett placed sixth at districts, and she was the only one from Clearfield to move onto states. Yingling wrote, “Scarlett did really well at states, and it was a beautiful day to run. Several of her teammates made the trip with us to Hershey to support her, and it was a great day for all of us. I’m hoping that next year we can have a few more runners qualify and compete at states.”

Everyone on the team competed, except for those in junior high. On this day, the weather effected the course conditions. Head Coach, Eric Yingling wrote, “The course is typically a course that most people like to race and can usually run a very fast time on. It has different terrains, a long downhill section, and a great last 400-meter finish. It is a great course for spectators as well. It ended up raining for the two days before the event and single A schools competed before us, so the course was very muddy and slippery which made times for all runners much slower than they would normally be.”

However, despite the fact that the runners times were slower Yingling thought the team did well. He said, “They raced really hard, and some people had some fast times despite the conditions. It was overall a difficult day with a lot of tough competition on top of that as well. I have a relatively young team, and I hope they learned something from that race and course in order to improve next year.” With that being said, some runners will not get that chance as this was their senior year. The seniors are Tyler Olson, Wyatt Reorda, David Graham, and Ben Leighow.

Some of the boys at districts