Boys Middle School Cross Country, Girls Middle School Cross Country · MS Cross Country: Discovering Joy in Movement


The CSS middle school boys and girls cross country runners ran two races this past weekend with a “B” meet on Friday at Monument Valley Park and an “A” meet at Vanguard on Saturday morning. Regardless of results, a common observation was how much joy the team was experiencing. Maybe it’s because of the lack of available sports in today’s Covid-world, or possibly it’s due to the natural hype and invigoration of racing. Whatever the cause, one observation is clear–kids need to move and they love it!

Head coach Kristin Penn commented, “On Friday, all of our runners ran so well that their times enabled them to run the A race on Saturday morning. Coach Laucella and I were truly proud of the grit, heart, and Kodiak team spirit that all of the runners showed both at practice on Friday before the meet and at both of the meets.”

At Vanguard Elliot P. ’26 finished in 10th place on Saturday with a 1.5 mile time of 9:38, a personal best for the season. Newcomer to CSS, Dominque B. ’26, was the top finisher for the Kodiaks with a 27th place finish at 12:14. Other Kodiaks who completed their first race were Sophia B. ’27 and Caesar M. ’26. On Friday Logan K. ’27 ran a 12:37 time for a 19th place finish and was closely followed by teammate Lluc D. ’27 with a 13:30 time for 27th place. On the girls’ side, sixth graders Addison T., Mackenzie H., and Melinda H. came across the line in 27th, 28th, and 30th places.

The Kodiaks will run their next meet on Friday, September 18th at Banning Lewis Preparatory Academy.  The meet will commence with the two boys waves at 4:15 p.m. and then the girls will run at 5:00 p.m.  On Tuesday, September 22nd, there is a “B” meet at Peyton High School with the boys running at 4:30 p.m. and the girls at 5:00 p.m.  Go Kodiaks!