By Chuck Reherman
CACHE – After competing in a pair of large, challenging meets, Yukon went the “small route on Friday.
And, it paid off for the Millers.
Yukon placed their top five runners in the top 10 and all seven in the top 20 in winning the Cache Warrior Spirit Classic.
The Millers had two runners go under 17 minutes over the 5K course and had what head coach Matt Parent said their best performance of the year.
“We had a great meet on Friday at Cache,” Parent said. “I was very happy with how we ran. Obviously winning the team title is great, but if they had added our JV score, Our JV would have placed third.
“This meet allowed everyone to run against everyone which isn’t typical for high school,” he said. “This was perfect for us right now because we have a great competition going with the top JV group and the bottom half of varsity.”
Kayden Chaparro turned in his best time of the year and won the meet in 16 minutes and 45.92 seconds. Coy Pope ran second also breaking the 17 minute mark with a 16:51.87 time.
Michael Gartman ran a seventh place time of 17:35.36, Riley Patton was ninth in 17:43.73 and Max Marler 10th in 17:56.66.
Colten Lewis was 13th in 17:55.99 and Raymen Sanabria 16th in 18:08.62.
“Kayden led us again, but Coy stuck with him throughout most of the race,” Parent said. “This was great for Coy because this is what I see in practice daily. The smaller size of the meet helped with all of our runners being able to run off each other essentially.
“Brandon (McCoy) ran a great race for us too,” he said. “He was officially listed as a JV runner, but he was our fourth finisher. He is really starting to regain his form after having been out of running for a while. I anticipate him being on varsity very soon.
Michael, Riley, Max and Colten all turned in their best times of the year too. In fact, we had quite a few run very well. There were a lot of smiles afterwards. I anticipated this because we really had a great week of practice last week. The guys are starting to get into cross country shape. My hopes are that we can duplicate this when we run next at Choctaw.”
Top to bottom this was easily our best performance of the year.