And both teams responded.
“I told the kids that we should win these races pretty easily, and I told them that I wanted to get between five and seven runners in the Top 15 and win all the plaques and go home happy,” Wright said. “We challenged them and they were up to the challenge.”
The Lady Wildcats had three runners finish inside the Top 10, two more were in the Top 15, and two more cracked the Top 20.
Dylan Job led the way as she finished third, crossing the line in 20 minutes, 48.49 seconds. Emily Edwards came in fifth with a time of 23:40.53. Katherine Laffoon was sixth, with a time of 23:47.48.
Odelia Knisher finished 11th (24:59.86). Ellie Hartman crossed the finish line in 13th place as she posted a time of 25:04.76. Karen Molina was 18th (25:55.23), just ahead of Ella Bradford, who finished 19th (26:43.28). Lillian Hartman was 21st (27:02.46). Hailey Moore was 37th (29:59.38). Ma Sass finished 38th as she crossed the line in 30:01.88. Sophia Hughes finished in 50th place as she posted a time of 33:19.79.
The boys, meanwhile, had six athletes finish in the Top 15. Mason Greenhalgh took second place as he completed the course in 18 minutes, 11.30 seconds. Rhett Hovater came in fourth (18:34.40). Zachary Ibanez (19:18.75) finished seventh. Aaron Fiscor was 12th (19:33). Nathaniel Peters finished 13th (19:35.11). Evan Brewer came in 14th (19:39.21).
Nolan Riden finished 18th with a time of 19:54.07. Randy Moore was 25th (20:12.34). Cooper Bell finished 27th as he crossed the line in 20 minutes, 19.56 seconds. Iniolvwa Abiodun-Adeniyi was 29th with a time of 20:27.83. Carson Brady finished 30th (20:29.18). James Phillips came in 34th (20:56.23). William Hetrick finished 42nd (21:40.53).
Killian Fillmore took 43rd (21:43.08). Joshua Belt came in 46th (21:53.15). Jonathan Toney was 77th (24:23.84). Joseph Gilpin took 89th (25:58.20). Nathan Rehill finished 93rd (26:32.16) and Emmit Hartman was 113th (31:11.37).
Oak Ridge will travel to Georgia for the Wing Foot Meet Saturday.