Fort Campbell | November 2, 2017
The Fort Campbell High School cross country team competed in Regional Class AA race to qualify for the state Saturday at Marshall County High School.
The girls and boys team came prepared earn their spot in the state competition. Coach Vickie Gibson said the team has worked hard in preparation for the meet.
“Everyone on the team came to practice ready to do their best and they showed how bad they wanted to win in practice,” she said.
The team kept a Monday-Friday training schedule leading up to the race as well as maintaining the boys focus on getting to state.
At regionals, the boy’s team finished in second place with a 19-minute average time and 72 points. They finished 45 points behind first-place finisher Webster County to secure their spot at state. The girls fell short of doing the same finishing fifth with 24:16 average time and 111 points. The Falcons will have the boys’ team along with one individual runner, senior Maddison Ruggles, representing Fort Campbell High School at state.
Individually, Ruggles finished sixth with a time of 22:29:45. It is her first time qualifying for state individually.
“I know what its like to compete at state as a team, but I am going as an individual so it is going to be a little different for me,” Ruggles said. “I’m excited to represent Fort Campbell.”
Along with Ruggles, the members of the boys teams are excited to represent Fort Campbell proudly at state. “I am excited to get the opportunity to go to state again,” said Falcons sophomore Rafael Cerritos. “I think the team is prepared and we believe we can do well.”
“The team is focused on winning and we have been training hard to exceed expectations,” said Falcons freshman Andrew Sincere.
Cerritos and Sincere have the team’s best times this season in 3,200 meters, 2-mile, and 5K categories. They believe in the teams’ ability.
“Since we did well at regionals, we know we can be the best team out there,” Cerritos said.
“Everyone is going to be looking toward the same goal and that is winning state,” Sincere said.
Gibson said she is proud of the work the team and they should feel a sense of accomplishment.
“I could not have asked from more effort from this team,” Gibson said. “They give everything they got in practice and in the meets and it shows.”
The team members have more confidence because of the successes during the season and at state, she said
“Every member of this team has been constantly getting better as the season has progressed and that is why the boys’ team and Maddison [Ruggles] has an opportunity to show how they have improved,” Gibson said.
Several Falcons runners finished in the top 20 including junior Gabe Gamez, sophomore Joshua Ricketts, Cerritos, Ruggles and Sincere.
The Falcons will be in preparation for the Kentucky State Meet Saturday in Lexington, Kentucky.
REGIONAL CLASS AA RESULTS
GIRLS 5,000 METER RUN FINALS
6th place – Maddison Ruggles – 22:29.45
24th place – Yasmin Espinoza – 24:18.81
26th place – Jordan Hardy – 24:30.98
29th place – Noemi Cerritos – 24:51.60
30th place – Elizabeth Ryan – 25:13.91
32nd place – Hannah Salas – 26:23.10
37th place – Shereee Pollock – 35:23.39
BOYS 5,000 METER RUN FINALS
9th place – Rafael Cerritos – 18:43.64
11th place – Andrew Sincere – 18:48.09
15th place – Gabe Gamez – 19:16.03
16th place – Joshua Ricketts – 19:23.61
21st place – Alec Vaughn – 19:41.46
22nd place – William DeShazo – 19:43.36
29th place – Tyler Mickley – 19:59.51