Wiesbaden boys, Ramstein girls leading the pack
Patch's Mitchell Bailey, right, has a slight lead over Ramstein's Joshua McDowell as they head back towards the stadium during a damp cross country race at Wiesbaden, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. Bailey won the close race in 16 minutes, 27 seconds.
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WIESBADEN, Germany – Despite a slippery, water-logged running course, Wiesbaden’s boys cross country team pulled off their third consecutive win Saturday, remaining undefeated.
The boys’ race ended about as close as it possibly could, with Patch’s Mitchell Bailey finishing in 16 minutes, 27 seconds, just a second ahead of Josh McDowell of Ramstein.
“This was a real tough course — muddy and rainy, but that’s cross country,” Bailey said.
Wrapping-up the top boys individual finishes were Wiesbaden’s Alex Wieman
(17:13) and Kelsey Thomas (17:18), earning respective third- and fourth-place finishes.
In girls team action, the Ramstein Royals picked-up yet another win advancing the team to a 3-0 record at the midpoint in the season. Ramstein’s Madison Morse (20:01) also took the top spot in individual competition, logging an impressive time on the tough 5 kilometer course, dropping three-quarters of a minute off her finest and a mere 15 seconds shy of absent DODDS-Europe girls leader – and two-time defending champion - Baileigh Sessions’ best time this season of 19:46.
Kaiserslautern’s Megan Mackie (20:48), Wiesbaden’s Rachel Braun (21:01), and Ramstein’s Quinci Cox (21:03) rounded out the top four individual girl runners.
Patch’s Sessions, like many members of participating teams, was absent due to SAT testing. According to Travis Schupp, Warriors assistant coach, younger runners of the visiting teams had a better chance to make the travel roster and finish higher in their own team rankings than they typically would with the seniors taking the college assessment exams. “It's an encouraging day for the younger runners,” he said.