It was a small Seahawk cross-country crew that ran Saturday at the St. John Paul II Panther Invite, and they were young.
Under the direction of assistant coach Jonathan Hart, standing in for coach Kati-Morgan Hathcock as she readied for her return from maternity leave, four middle schools ran in the 3,000 meters.
They were led by eighth grader Josiah Friddle who posted a time of 13:27.98, good enough for fifth. This meant he was just one place away from qualifying for the middle school state championships.
With a 19:11.13 time, sixth grader Addyson Paul finished 29th among middle school girls, while a time of 21:50.38 placed sixth grader Jayla Creamer 47th.
Among the middle school boys, a time of 17:21.75 put seventh grader Sean Gray in 28th place.
As a freshman running in the high school ranks in the 5,000 meters, a time of 22:28.11 garnered freshman Reece Juno a 29th place.
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