The Amherst cross country girls finished their season with an 11th place regional performance that included four career personal records.
The team was led by freshmen Leah Johnson and Kalyn Potyrala, who were joined by juniors Ashley Hill and Mariah Watson in achieving lifetime personal best times.
In doing that, Johnson achieved the fifth best time and Kalyn Potyrala the 10th best time ever run by a freshman at Amherst.
“I felt great the whole race and put myself in a good position,” said Johnson. “My miles were paced and I felt strong up the hills. I’m happy with my time and performance. The team ran well and I’m proud of the finish to our season.”
“We ran well. Considering five of these girls had never run in a regional before, our performance was excellent,” said head coach Terry Kemp. “Last year we were 10th, this year we were 11th in spite of racing only two girls Saturday that ran in this meet a year ago. That’s a real tribute to how hard this group worked.”
For three of the Comets’ seniors, it was their last race for the team.
“This has been a fantastic experience,” said fourth-year senior Megan Parker. “I cannot accurately put into words how much I’ve loved running for this team. I’ve faced a lot of obstacles, but running well in my last race was worth it all.”
“Being an Amherst cross country runner has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life,” said third-year senior Ally Potyrala. “This sport has allowed me to push myself to new limits while becoming close with girls that are now like my family.”
Second-year senior Alana Moore also completed her high school career at the regional.
“I’d like to thank our graduating seniors for an outstanding year. This group was a lot of fun to work with, and much of that was because of our senior class,” said Kemp.
The team will graduate a total of nine runners. Thirty-three of the team’s 42 runners will be eligible to return next year.
Johnson (34th, 19:42); K. Potyrala (50th, 20:06); Hill (66th, 20:29); Parker (72nd, 20:41); Watson (78th, (20:55); A. Potyrala (88th, 21:14); Moore (93rd, 21:21).
Courtesy photo The Lady Comets cross country team will graduate nine seniors this year.