The 7th grade boys took to the R-7 course with a fire in their bellies. They had been looking forward to this meet since the beginning of the season because they knew the playing field would be leveled. “There is a huge difference between a 7th grade and 8th grade body when it comes to the boys. Our 7th graders have went out and ran their hardest each and every race but often times are overshadowed by 8th graders. This course allowed us to show the JCAA just how good the future of XC is here at Festus,” said Coach Krysl.
The 7th grade boys had some great races, but to top it off, Lucas Kavanaugh came in 3rd with Lucas Campbell (8th) & R.J. Tucker (9th) literally fighting each other for the finish. “I was not surprised at all with those three’s performances. They are super tough. It doesn’t matter where our race is, there is always another coach that approaches me and mentions either Kavanaugh, Campbell, and Tucker. Everyone sees them out there and knows they will be animals as 8th graders,” said Coach Krysl. Carson Boyer (13th) & Tate Uding (11th) also impressed at R7. “I have been waiting for Boyer and Uding to make the decision to compete instead of coast. All of the coaches have commented on how they hide towards the middle of the pack each race and it was awesome to see them finally believe that they could do it! Those two could really be studs if they made the decision to go for it,” said Coach Krysl. Judging by the split grade performances at R7, the FMS boys currently have five runners sitting in the top 15 of the JCAA conference 7th graders.
The 8th grade boys had some great individual performances. As always, Bryson Rhine was tough as nails on this challenging course finishing with the 8th grade’s only medalist finish. “It’s just what he is – he is a gamer. He comes out, works his tail off everyday and performs to his max capacity. Bryson always gives 100% and that is the core of this program,” said Coach Krysl. Jackson Reese finished in the top 25 and Evan Hogan was running through intense hip pain and the loss of a shoe.
Results from the R-7 race can be found at https://mo.milesplit.com/meets/368650/results/672794/raw#.XZ4Y6UZKi1s
The FMS Tigers will be back at it on Saturday at the Potosi Invitational.