DCC Debuts at First Ever Middle School Cross-Country Championships

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Tom Shade, Contributor

The Cardinal middle school program took the plunge into their first ever championship event in District Nine on a cool, wet, misty day at Kane’s 2-mile woodsy course, resulting with the 8th-grade runners coming away with hardware in the boy’s race and a worthy set of marks for the history books from the young Lady Cards.

Trent LaBenne’s 20th place in the boy’s contest brought home the first championship medal in DCC Middle School history. LaBenne(12:51) fought for his place throughout the race with runners from Clarion Area, overcoming a bad fall on the slippery terrain early on the trail to finish with honors.

Addison Smith(15:37) and Elle Osterman(16:42), the first middle school Lady Cards in 4 decades, earned hard-fought times that will now be recorded as school milestones for the Kane course to inspire future Cardinal runners.

With the Middle School season ended the focus now turns to the varsity runners as they prepare for the District Nine Championships at the well-worn Ridgway course on October 30th.  The starting gun goes off at 10am.