This year’s Black Diamond Conference took place at the beautiful Ferne Clyffe Park in Goreville, Illinois. The hands on favorites for the races were Leslie Drone in the women’s race and Corbin Kakac in the men’s race.
Drone and the Lady Foxes were up first and ready to take on the tough park course. Leslie immediately took the lead and never looked back. She was leading by well over 30 seconds at just more than 1.5 miles into the race. Leslie ended up winning by almost a minute and took the BDC Championship as an Individual with a time of 19:07. Rebekah Tallman also turned in a good performance with one of here best times of the year. Schuyler Bailey rounded out the Lady Fox trio. The course was hard and almost the entire first mile was uphill. The Lady Foxes did not have enough runners for a team score.
The boy’s race started at 4:45 and favorite Kakac took off and ran away from all of the competition. On the Foxes team Tyler Byars lead the way turning in an 7th place finish with a time of 17:51. Tyler just missed out of the all-conference team (all-conference awards go to the top five individuals). Next up for the Foxes was Stephen Strumpher 10th place (18:12) and Chad Barnard 11th place (18:24). Rounding out the top five was Matt Rubenacker 14th (18:36) and Trenton Butler (19th) 19:54. The Foxes turned in 61 points for a 3rd place finish in the conference behind Fairfield and Chester. The Foxes Clayton Cross turned in an impressive performance of 21:48 for 24th place and Garrett Craddock finished in 27th place. The Foxes are looking to get some good practices in with just over a week left before the regional cross country meet at Benton.
For complete results from this meet, click here.
Good luck to the Jr. High Foxes Cross Country Runners who will be running the State Cross Country meet at Benton on Saturday, October 18th.