Panther Cross Country runners recognized by School Board
The Middle Park High School Cross Country Team recently finished out their 2015 season. At the last East Grand School District Board of Education meeting Cross Country Head Coach Scotty Hicks and several team members addressed the Board to discuss their accomplishments this season. Members of the team who achieved individual awards were also recognized.
The Panther’s Boys Varsity Cross County Team saw nine students take home individual awards and the Boys Team was the League Runner-up and had a 5th place regional placing, the team was also a State qualifier. Varsity runner Mark Simmons took home a 9th place podium finish at the 3A State finals; he was the Regional Champion, named to the All-League First Team (3rd). Simmons also won two invitational meets, at Clear Creek and Middle Park and took National Elite 5k status with a time of 16:28.
Tyler Scholl was named the top freshman runner at the State Championships for all classification. Scholl took 5th place at Regionals, was a League Champion and was named to the All-League First Team. He also qualified for National Elite 5k status with a time of 16:25.
Henry Hoyhtya was a State Qualifier and received an Academic All-State award. Other members of the Middle Park Boys Varsity Cross Country Team who were State Qualifiers were Brevik Petersen, Corbin Frick, Ben Johnson, Jake Kacik, Aaron Sanders and Mark Knight.
Several Lady Panther Cross Country varsity runners also took home individual awards this year. Alyssa Petersen was named to the All-League First Team, and was named 5th overall. Lauren Burg received Academic All-State awards. Both Jesse Hoyhtya and Raelee Granger qualified for the Panther’s varsity team.
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The Mustangs cross country team trudged through a muddy 5K Saturday morning during the West Grand Invitational, a race that slowed times but sent the fun factor through the roof for many of its competitors.