Valle Cross Country

Rachel Valle and Nicole Valle ran for the Valle varsity girls cross country team Saturday in a meet at Gans Creek, which will host the high school state championships later in the year. (Photo courtesy of SHEILA ROTH)

Valle used Saturday to get an idea of what the biggest race of the year holds and experience a little cross country history.

The Warriors joined several high schools in the state that participated in the opening weekend of the Gans Creek Cross Country course in Columbia. In addition to a Saturday filled with races, several Division I colleges raced on the course Friday.

“I was looking at our version of ‘Field of Dreams,’” said Valle coach Samer Zoughaib. “Wow, the facility looked amazing.  We got there by 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon, walked portions of the course and then watched the ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. followed by the women’s 6-kilometer [race].”

When it came to Valle’s performance, Madison Otte and Mary Roth led the way again, and the girls took seventh place in the white varsity division with 214 points.

Otte had the Warriors’ top finish when she took 25th in 22 minutes 27.6 seconds. Roth wasn’t too far behind as she claimed 31st in 22:55.6.

Nicole and Rachel Valle were the next to finish for the Warriors. Nicole Valle finished in 24:25.3 for 59th, and Rachel Valle had a time of 25:08.8 for 77th. Emily Grither rounded out the team score at 98th in 26:11.2.

Katie Kertz also ran the varsity race as she was 105th in 26:53.5, and Mary Keeley posted a time of 29:03.2 for 123rd.

See complete story in the October 2 edition of the Herald.