Camdenton visited the cross country course at Fulton on Saturday where the boys finished eighth out of 26 teams and the girls took 12th.

Camdenton coach David Weber said it was not the most ideal finish for his squad, but nonetheless another stepping stone and a race where lessons could be learned.

“Going into the meet I thought we would perform much better as a whole,” Weber noted. “We had a tough week as this was our second meet of the week and the weather became much hotter on race day.

“Looking back, I can see some areas we definitely need to improve in to be better for race day. Though it was a struggle for several runners, I think we learned some valuable lessons,” he added.

In the boys’ race, Garrett Mason was the fastest Laker as he took 23rd with a time of 18:40. Jake Thoenen finished 26th with a similar mark, Andrew DiBello took 34th at 18:59, Sam Gray earned 92nd at 21:07 and Riley Head finished 11th at 21:55.

“I thought the best runners for the day were Andrew and Riley. Both ran very close to expectations and competed hard all the way through,” the coach stated. “Garrett ran well the first mile before developing a painful cramp that slowed him significantly and Jake ran pretty well also, but did not have the kind of day he wanted to after playing five soccer games this week.”

In the girls’ race, Skyler Sweezor had the top Camdenton time taking 39th at 24:02. Cambrie Kowal took 56th at 25:18, Abbey Bellew earned 93rd at 27:45, Erika Nevens finished 109th at 28:55 and Alicia Smythe came in 117th at 31:36.

“The girls were just trying to survive the heat as none of them have ever raced in these conditions before,” Weber pointed out. “I was proud of them as a group for hanging in there and giving a good effort. Hopefully we will bounce back some this week in prepping for the always difficult Hermitage meet.”

The Lakers will visit Hermitage on Saturday at 10 a.m.