The Lafayette Lady Commodores and Commodores traveled south to Mississippi College Saturday to compete in the MC Watson Ford Invitational cross country meet held at Choctaw Trails. A total of 278 runners from three different states competed in the meet. Peyton Hamann and Esmeralda Rodriguez both shattered their previous personal records, according to coach Ben Mikell.
Hamann finished third with a time of 15 minutes, 44.8 seconds, while Rodriguez was third with a 15:55. “They ran a 4K course. This is the same course used for the state meet. It’s a big deal to break 16 minutes and I don’t think they’re finished improving. They both felt great after the race and Peyton and Ezi are both confident they can run much faster.”
The Lady Commodores had three middle school runners compete in a two-mile race. Julianna Mikell finished 17th with a personal-best time of 14:44 and earned a top runner award. Abby Davis finished 45th with a 16:06, while Anja Diercks finished 74th with a 17:10.
The Commodores were led by Ivan Lopez with a 19:19. Travis Lyles finished seven seconds behind. Sam Faulkner had a 19:35, Jacob Roberts had a 20:33, while Wes Brown had a 20:50.
“We have three guys finishing under 20 minutes now and the top five have pushed the average time under 20 minutes. Our guys are improving just as they need to. We’re very happy with their progress.”
Chris Gunter finished 31st with a personal-best time of 13:48 in the middle school race. Lafayette returns to action at the Tupelo Invitational on Oct. 20. (October 9, 2012, Page 7)