By Don Nelson
The Liberty Bell High School cross-country teams continued their measured march toward the state meet with solid performances at the Leavenworth Invitational on Saturday (Oct. 10), where they faced nearly 30 other schools — many of them larger.
The boys’ team finished in sixth place out of 23 scoring teams, while the girls’ team took fifth place out of 18 scoring teams. A team must field at least five runners to get a score.
“We’re matching up quite well with the larger schools,” coach Craig Herlihy said. He said it’s especially notable this year that Liberty Bell has been able to compete with scoring junior varsity teams because of a much larger turnout of runners, many of them freshmen and sophomores.
Leading the way for the boys at Leavenworth were senior Ben Klemmeck in fourth place and sophomore Eli Nielsen in sixth. For the girls, freshman Athena Milani continued to be the standard-bearer, finishing in 10th place. Senior Ella Hall was not far behind in 17th.
The Mountain Lions also competed last week at Chelan State Park on Oct. 6. Results were not complete, but Herlihy said the boys’ team finished third. Klemmeck took first place followed by Nielsen in sixth, sophomore Cade Quigley in 16th, freshman Emerson Worrell in 17th and senior Geza Sukovaty in 36th.
The girls’ team took first place at Chelan, with Milani leading the way in second place followed by Hall in third, and freshmen Icel Sukovaty in eighth, Ava Mott in ninth and Sage Borgias in 22nd.
Liberty Bell will travel to the Mt. Cashmere Meet on Thursday (Oct. 15), then will host the B league championships on Oct. 24 — the Mountain Lions’ only home meet of the year.