CHS runners prep for district meet at Beatrice
Columbus High cross country travels to Beatrice on Thursday for the Class B-3 district meet looking to qualify individuals and the boys and girls teams to state a week later in Kearney.
Columbus will face a seven-school field including the hosts, Aurora, Crete, Lincoln Pius X, Norris, Seward and York.
The top 15 runners and the top three teams move on to state.
“We have a very challenging district,” said head coach David Licari in comments sent to the Telegram. “Both the boys and girls fields will be very strong, especially the girls. Our team has progressed as much as any team we have had at CHS. Everyone is running really well right now, and I’m sure it will continue on Thursday at the district meet and on Friday at the Fremont JV Invite.”
Douglas Davidchik and Joe McFarland have paced the boys throughout the year while Beatriz Garcia has “worked her way up to No. 1” on the girls squad. That trio will be expected to continue their strong seasons and lead from the front in Beatrice.
Licari believes that the recent wet weather will have some effect on the course.
“We haven’t ever run on Beatrice’s course,” he said. “I know that there aren’t any big hills but some rolling hills. My guess is that the ground will be soft due to the recent rains. At least the weather is calling for 52 degrees and sunny in Beatrice at race time.”
Qualifying to state shouldn’t require any kind of special effort, Licari said. He believes the Discoverers will have a legitimate chance to send several runners to state if they just run to their abilities.
“I think that all of our runners are capable of cutting 10-15 seconds off of their season-best time,” he said. Hopefully, that will happen Thursday.”
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org