The MPHS XC Invite has grown about 10-20% each year since I (coach Hicks) took over 5 seasons back. This years edition had 12 teams, 100 HS girls and 127 HS boys. Only 2 boy broke the 20 minute barrier and only a single girl was able to break the 23 minute mark. The 465 feet of climbing took runners all around the Nordic Center at Snow Mountain Ranch, the YMCA of the Rockies.
The Panther Boys team got the day underway. Tyler Scholl took a pack of 4 boys out with him, slowly dropping one after another. He finished in first, just ahead of the DSST top runner. Brevik Petersen scored second, cracking the top 20% of the field. Mark Knight, Henry Hoyhtya and Dylan Cormican rounded out the scoring for the Panthers, who took 6th place on the day.
The Lady Panthers ran to a solid 5th place finish in a competitive race. Sierra Smith paced the team, coming in a respectable 15th place. Alyssa Petersen (24th), Lizzy Barker (27th), Hayley Friesen (38th) and Haley Weimer (44th) also scored for the Panthers. The Ladies are showing a series of strong starts and are piecing together solid pack efforts.
See Results Attached Below: