COMPETES AT SECTIONAL–Retired Cross Country Coach Bob Ashley and current boys Coach Andrew Langrehr recap the sectional race and congratulate senior Edward Miller for not only the best race of his career, but the best race (finish and pace per mile) of any RBHS cross country athlete in school history. Edward’s incredible 15:52.90 finish time on Benton’s 2.92 mile course left him shy of state qualify by only 1.3 seconds.
by Coach Andrew Langrehr
Edward Miller was the only representative the Red Bud boys cross country team had running this past Saturday at the sectional meet in Benton. His 7th place overall finish at regionals guaranteed his chance to run against the top 150 runners from southern Illinois at sectionals.
All the runners in Benton were competing for the chance to run at Detweiller Park in the state meet. Saturday’s weather didn’t disappoint either. The sun was warm, but the air was crisp and cool. It was a stark contrast to the regional meet which was held in the pouring rain and mud. Conditions for the race were ideal and the times were fast.
The first place runner from Benton, Reece Johnson, ran a 14:39 over the 2.92 mile course. His quick pace affected all the runners who did their best to keep up. Positioning is critical on the Benton course and none knew that better than Reece, who was running on his home course. After approximately 1.25 miles, the course enters the woods and the path becomes very narrow and extremely difficult to pass on. If you are not where you need to be when you hit the woods, you are going to be stuck in traffic for the next mile.
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