By David Miles
It was another solid performance for the Woodstock runners in their last meet before the Marble Valley League Championships next Tuesday. The girls scored a perfect 15 to sweep to the victory, while the boys continued to have different runners step up as they battle injuries and illnesses. The meet was held in Springfield, the same site as next week’s league championships.
The girls were led by Carmen Bango with a time of 20:50. Denali Balser, who ran “an excellent race,” according to coach Hank Glass followed her across the finish line with Anna Ramsey, Lindsay Stuntz and Christy Harris then claiming the next three spots.
Anthony Bald topped the Woodstock boys with Harry Linowski next in line. Glass said Graham Melville “continues to come along strong,” and the sophomore heeded his coach’s words by placing third for the team. Dylan Stuntz ran hard up the last hill to place fourth for the Wasps, while Reid Langona earned his first points of the season to round out the Wasp scoring.
With only seven runners allowed to compete in the championships, the boys are competing among one another to see who will be running.
“The last couple of spots are really up for grabs, with different runners stepping up every meet,” Glass said.
With the league championships and then the state meet fast approaching, Glass said his team needs to focus on the “mental aspect” of running.
“They need to learn to find another gear and be able to endure the pain and the hurt that comes with that extra gear. It worked for the boys last year and it’s what the girls are pushing towards now,” Glass said.