KERNERSVILLE — Saturday marked the end of the cross country season for Forbush, and amidst pouring rain and mud, the runners powered on for a strong finish in the 2A Cross Country Championship.
All classifications for the state were challenged by muddy conditions, but the reality was, they all had to deal with it. Sophomore Dakota Mendenhall, along with the rest of the 2A men, were the first to hit the course at Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex, and it was a close one. Mendenhall was right in the mix midway through the event, but slipped back for a fourth place finish overall with a time of 16:49.13. While the conference and regional champion would have liked the sweep, there’s still plenty for him to be proud of, as he finished as the highest underclassman.
As for the girls team, it finished ninth overall as a team, with sophomore Anna Kathryn Kilby finishing highest of the Falcons with a 20:46.24. Especially during her race, the rain started to pick up, as runners struggled to find traction on the uphill part of the course.
“It felt like I was running on the dunes of a beach,” Kilby said.
“Especially when you’re running, instead of focusing where you are, you’re kind of focusing on where your feet are landing because you’re slipping and set your feet as good,” Mendenhall said.
Mendenhall was the only male competitor for Forbush. Meanwhile, the entire girl’s team was on track, and prided themselves on being as close on the track as they are off.
“Every person needs to get closer to first place as possible,” Kilby said. “You want to be a big blue train. Every person, even the alternates in sixth and seventh, they matter.”
Kilby and Mendenhall also were named to the All-State team. Girls and boys results can be found at nc.milesplit.com/meets/213729.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.