The Miller Rustlers cross country team had a strong showing at the Central Conference cross country meet held Wednesday, Oct. 3 in Gettysburg.
The boys’ varsity team had a strong showing, and placed second. Mason Breitling led the Rustlers with a fifth-place finish in a time of 18:37. Cole Sargent placed sixth in a time of 18:42. Beau Keeter finished in a time of 20:07 to place eighth. Devyn Gortmaker finished in a time of 20:29 to place 11th; Trey Waldrop finished 12th with a time of 20:44. Lucas Simpson finished in a time of 20:48 to place 13th. Jacob Heezen placed 15th with a time of 21:17. Jason Manning placed 21st in a time of 22:46, and Clayton Keck finished in a time of 23:01 to place 22nd.
Brianne Bertsch placed 10th in the girls’ varsity division with a time of 17:49.
Four Rustlers competed in the junior high boys’ division, placing first as a team. Hunter Russell won the individual championship with a time of 12:20. Cody Bevers placed 4th with a time of 13:08, and Trevor Parmely placed 5th with a time of 14:12. Camden Breitling finished in a time of 14:38 for eighth place.
Head coach Tom McGough commented, “I thought we ran well. The varsity boys were second by three points, while our junior high boys were first by only one point. Our athletes have improved and competed well throughout the year.”
They have faced a variety of weather conditions and courses throughout the year and persevered through it all.”
McGough continued, “They have faced challenges and opportunities head on and I feel that we are ready for the region meet. We’re a young team with high expectations. There is a keen understanding of what needs to be done in order to qualify individually and as a team. Whatever happens we will have no regrets.”