Cross Country Conference Champs


Photo taken by Brandi Jones. Girls Cross Country race start.


October 13th, 2021, the Carbondale Cross Country team hosted their annual conference meet at SIU. 

This season was a little different because the girls’ team has only been able to “qualify” for one race this season. Going into conference, the initial plan was to run four girls-that day the girls’ team was able to race five girls.

The course for both boys and girls was 2.93 miles, finishing on a long uphill. The course is moderately fast, making it more difficult for runners to push themselves in the backend of the course.

Photo taken by Jason Perry. Alex Partlow and Anna Schurz pose for a picture with their first place metals.

Finishing in first place-the Carbondale girls team placed, for the fifth year in a row. Top female runner (Anna Schurz) finishing with a time of 19:44. The boys’ team placed third with the top male runner (Alex Partlow), with a time of 14:43.

The unexpected results left the Carbondale Coaches impressed with the teams performance; 

When asked how he feels about the results of the race, Storm responded:

“Excited, it was a great showing. The girls were thrilled about competing when finding out they had a chance to win. Making this our fifth consecutive conference title it was a good day for us overall.”

Satisfied with the results- the Cross Country team is looking forward to competing in Regionals next Saturday.