Like a mountain climber nearing the summit, the Pleasant Ridge girls’ cross country team has been inching closer and closer to a tournament title this year.
Throughout the season, the squad has gathered numerous top five finishes, but lacking in its cap has been that elusive first place feather. On Thursday, in front of a hometown crowd, the hard work finally crescendo when the Lady Rams won its home invitational.
“They really stepped up against some good teams,” PR coach Chad Hendrix said. “It was really good for the girls to get their first team win of the season.”
Ridge beat out seven teams, the closest being Tonganoxie, to claim the top overall spot. Leading the charge was Rachel Hattok, who placed second, and Hailey Worthington, who came in eighth.
Behind them was Kristina Silvers earning ninth, Grace McKinney taking 13th and Taylor Satre grabbing 14th. Carly Simonis won 17th and Sarah Ling nabbed 19th to round out the PR placements.
While the boys’ team didn’t have the same luck as the girls, there was a definite highlight from the race when Tony Weber captured first individually. He was the lone Ridge medalist, though Tyler Darrow came close with a 28th place finish.
“I thought everything went great today,” Hendrix said. “The kids ran really hard and had some of their better times on the season.”
Pleasant Ridge’s next meet will be the Delaware Valley League competition at 4 p.m. Thursday on the Rim Rock Farms in Lawrence.