Cross Country @ WCJH
Cross Country 2019
8th Grade Girls
The 8th grade girls winston cross country team was one of the most improved teams. A team that went 0-6 last year earned their first 2 wins and narrowly missed their 3rd by 2 points against Sundling. The girls saw their 2 mile times drop by over 3 minutes in just 1 year. They learned the value of racing together in packs which lead to 2 girls finishing in the top 10.
8th Grade Boys
The 8th grade boys finished their 6-0 season with a tight and exciting race at the district meet to win by 2 points. This team finished 3rd last year and even on the days where 2 of their top 3 teammates sat out because of injury, they stepped up to carry the team to multiple victories. With the help of some 7th graders they were able to capture a 3rd place finish at the Cobra Invite right behind South and Thomas who both qualified to the IESA state meet. Charlie C., Devin A. and Justin A. would finish 1-2-4 at the Cobra invite while Devin would finish 15th and Charlie 22nd in the Elite race in a loaded Barrington Stampe Invite field.
7th Grade Girls
A team that only had 9 girls had some up front power with Elise M., Ayishat K. and Emma R. finishing 1-2-3 in a few races to secure some automatic wins. The same 3 girls would finish in the top 10 in the district meet. Breakout races by a number of girls had them in contention for a top 2 finish at the district meet as the ended missing 2nd by just 4 points. Elise M. would finish undefeated in dual competition as well as finishing 2nd in the 8th grade race at the Cobra invite and 22nd at the tough Barrington Stampede Invite.
7th Grade Boys
The biggest team in recent memory had an outstanding year. This team provided the most energy at practice and at meets and show signs of being a great team next year as well. At varsity invites where 7th graders were able to race up, Pacey M. and Justin R. played big roles in the success that our 8th graders had. When put together they could compete amongst the best teams in the state. They would finish the season 4-2 to a very tough and talented Sundling team. The highlight of the year would come at the district invite where they were challenged to be aggressive and try and go for the win. They did just that having the lead with 800 meters to go in the race. Sundling would eventually use a big finish the last 800 meters but the confidence and lack of fear these boys showed proved that they could be a force to be reckoned with next year as well.
Cross Country @ WCJH
There are four cross-country teams: seventh-grade girls, seventh-grade boys, eighth-grade girls, and eighth-grade boys. All students may participate, and there is no limit to the number of participants. The season begins in August and runs through the end of October, closing with a District meet.