CORVALLIS — It might not be evident by the eighth-place showing at the Corvallis Invitational Saturday, but the Butte Central boys’ cross country team is starting to come together.
Butte Central had a full team Saturday, and the Maroons showed signs of things to come, according to coach Bob Johnson.
Conor McGee placed ninth at 16 minutes, 59 seconds in the three-mile race. Hamilton teammates Easton Albert (15:57) and Anthony Schmalz (16:22) finished one, two.
Shannon Tempel paced 19th in 18:36, while Clay Stillwagon, who was battling a knee injury suffered while becoming an All-American wrestlers this summer, finished 48th in 21:06 in his first race of the year.
Also, Conor Larson ran in 21:21, while Patrick O’Herran finished in 22:24.
“The team is starting to bunch closer to Conor McGee,” Johnson said. “Clay ran first race of year to test his leg with a good time and Patrick O’Herron ran a personal best today. Several of the kids are sick so need to heal them up and they are going to do well.”
On the girls’ side, BC’s Abb McGee placed 21st in 23 minutes flat. Isabella Pape of Corvallis won in 18:22.
Rachel Banks ran in 24:26, while Rachael McGree ran in 23:56.
“Rachel Banks and Rachael McGree ran their personal best so girls are looking to be coming around nicely,” Johnson said.
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