The Mustang Harriers enjoyed sunny skies for their second race of the season, allowing for sure footing and great performances at Titlow Park in Tacoma last week.
Both the girls’ and boys’ teams finished in third place out of seven teams. Many of the runners from last year’s team improved their times on the same course over last year’s end-of-the-season league championships, with Forest Macnab improving by 1 minute and 10 seconds and Alexandra Waterworth by 57 seconds.
A few of the Mustang runners ran in their first-ever cross country race, racing fearlessly into their team’s top five, such as Leah Kearns, Kora Murphy and Leo Ralston.
In a sign of good things to come, the top three Mustangs finished within a half minute of each other — Alexander London-Chambers, Christian Kincade and Leo Ralston.
In a tight finish, Laurel Calhoun out-sprinted her opponent across the finish line less than half a second ahead, keeping her speed up well into the finish chute.
This week’s race, on Thursday, Oct. 3, is at Charles Wright Academy.
— Bruce Cyra is the cross country coach for McMurray Middle School.