Chesaning Lady Indians Cross Country concluded their season with a 5th place finish in the Regional Meet at Uncle John’s Cider Mill. Chesaning faced some very difficult competition, and responded with one of their best team performances of the season. Junior runner Julia Skaryd led the way for the Indians, with a strong time of 20:38. Skaryd’s performance earned her a 14th place finish and qualified her for her second consecutive trip to the MHSAA State Finals Meet. Preslee Slankard came in next for the Chesaning, setting a new Personal Record time of 20:55 on her way. Slankard’s time narrowly missed out on state qualifying, finishing in 17th place overall. Sophomore runners Karlie Lewis and Olivia Grover ended their second seasons on high notes, as they both set new Season Best times. Alternating leads over the course of the race, Karlie Lewis finish in 38th place with an excellent time of 22:08. Olivia Grover crossed the line in 22:14, earning a 39th place finish. Senior Serena Escamilla finished her first cross country season with a Personal Record time of 23:47. Emily Graham completed her Freshman season with her own Personal Record time of 23:53, improving on her previous best time by over a minute. Senior Julia Lewis finished her 4th season at Chesaning with a 24:00 finish.
These girls have been one of the best groups that I have had the pleasure to coach. I have seen great growth from each of these athletes over the course of the season, with each of these runners saving their best performances for the most important meet of the season. I will be sad to see our two senior runners leave the team but am excited for the future of this team and program as these amazing individuals continue to push themselves to be the best that they can.