Only three of Marion’s five cross-country runners competed at the Warriors’ home invitational Tuesday on a hot and windy afternoon.
Senior Colin Williams was Marion’s only varsity competitor. He earned the fifth-place medal, crossing the finish line in 19 minutes, 23 seconds.
“(Colin) looked focused and in tune with his running through the entire race,” coach Dmitry Bucklin said. “One thing that we have been talking with Colin is to make sure that he stays with a group. He tends to race himself through the race.”
Freshman Colton Boudreaux was 21st in the boys’ junior varsity race (25:47).
“(Colton) did well staying with a group,” Bucklin said. “He had a very strong and powerful finish.”
Sophomore Bethany Grimmett was 29th in the girls’ junior varsity race (38:57).
“Bethany worked hard to push through the race,” Bucklin said. “She has been dealing with some breathing issues, and this heat and wind did not help.”
Nathan Shields and Elisa Ortiz did not compete as the result of injuries.
Bucklin said the team has been working not only on the physical aspect of running, but also on the mental aspect.
“As a team, we have been working to make sure our running strides go out and that we keep our arms relaxed and moving,” he said. “Running is a big mental game.
“I think as a team we all have the knowledge and skill to run the race to the best of our ability, but if our mind is not there, our training goes out the window. This week we will be working on controlling our mind and how we view the race and also the weather.”
Coming—Marion will compete at Halstead Thursday.