2017-2018 Varsity Cross Country Schedule

Varsity Boys Cross Country2017
Varsity Girls Cross Country 2017
Coaches:  Ricke Stucker (Boys Head Coach); Chad Salinas (Girls Head Coach)
Seniors Juniors Sophomores Freshmen
Corey Dea
Noah Gallaher
Rafael Lopez
Justin Taflinger
Alex Ward

Taylor Walden
Julian Wallace

Tyasia Burks
Liesl Elkin
Nathanael Elkin

Jordenn Call
Josilyn McNeil
Bricely Picasso

n/a

Madison Collins



Date Opponent Time Score
Aug. 15 Northwestern Combo (Girls only) 5:00 pm The KHS girls cross country team opened up their season Tuesday evening at the Northwestern Combination (3 kilometer) at Oakbrook Valley.

In the three and four race, senior Taylor Walden finished 6th with a time of 14:53. Taylor ran a tough, gutsy race while still working to get into racing shape. She passed up two girls in the final 400 meters, edging one of them out at the line.

In the final race of the evening (five, six, seven plus race), freshman Madison Collins came in 13th place with a time of 16:53.
Aug. 19 Logansport Invite (T) 9:00 am Boys
Kokomo had a fourth-place finish at the Logansport Invitational. Corey Dea medaled with a third-place finish of 18:12. Justin Taflinger finished in a time of 18:41 for 13th. Alex Ward was 22nd in a time of 19:13. Julian Wallace was 35th with a time of 20:00 and Rafael Lopez was 42nd with a time of 20:33.
Girls
Kokomo's top finisher was senior Taylor Walden with a time of 23:26 for 20th place. I was pleased to see her moving in the right direction with her time. She
has had a few tough weeks and was looking forward to racing and competing in a 5K race. This race should light a fire for her, and I expect that with a full week of solid training, she will cut significant time off at our next meet.

The remaining four Lady Kat runners finished within two minutes of each other. They paced, motivated, and encouraged each other throughout the tough, humid race.

Josilynn McNeil was first in this group for the Kats in 63rd place with a time of 27:46. Bricely Picasso finished 71st in 28:30, Madison Collins followed in 73rd place with a time of 28:56, and Tyasia Burks finished 77th in 29:44 to round out the Top 5 for the Lady Kats. Our gap time between our first and fifth finishers was 6:22. We will be able to cut our gap time by a few minutes over the course of the next few meets.
​Coach Salinas
Aug. 26 McCutcheon Invite (T) 9:00 am Boys
McCutcheon won with a perfect score of 15 against the 10 entered teams in the Maverick Stampede. Kokomo placed 6th . The Mavericks' Will Person crossed the line first in 17:02.76 - on the hilliest course we see.

All six Kat runners ran well and they set season bests in average team time and 1-5 gap time.

For the Wildkat harriers, Corey Dea was 16th in 18:43, Justin Taflinger placed 21st with
19:16, Julian Wallace grabbed 29th at 19:45, Rafe Lopez finished 46th -clocking a 20:52,
Noah Gallaher got 48th - recording a 20:58, and Nat Elkin sprinted 21:50 for 54th .
Coach Stucker
Girls
Leading the way for the Lady Kats was senior Taylor Walden in 24th place with a time of 23:56 on the most challenging course that we will run all season. I would like to see Taylor get more aggressive during the second mile in her races.

Junior Tyasia Burks had a breakout run, cutting 58 seconds off of her personal best time on this extremely slow course finishing 50th with a time of 28:46. She has made a big impact for our team in practices and meets. I think that with a solid week of practice, Tyasia will cut at least a minute off of her personal best this Saturday.

We had junior Liesl Elkin and sophomore Jordenn Call run their first varsity 5k race at the McCutcheon course. It was nice to see these ladies push themselves further than they thought they could. I am looking forward to seeing continued improvement with our young team throughout the next few weeks.
Coach Salinas
Sept. 2 Marion Invite (T) 9:00 am Boys
Kokomo finished eighth out of sixteen teams in the large-school division.

Corey Dea placed 27th with a time of 17:42. Justin Taflinger was 34th with a time of 17:49, Alex Ward finished at 39th with a personal best of 17:57. Julian Wallace crossed the finish line in 18:27 finishing in 55th place and Rafe Lopez had a time of 19:54 for 89th place.

Girls
Sophomore Bricely Picasso finished in 113th place at 26:08 to log Kokomo's top finish.
Sept. 9 Maconaquah Invite (T) 9:00 am Boys
Kokomo was fifth out of the 16-team meet with 156 points. Lapel finished first with 45 points.

Top runners for Kokomo were Cory Dea (17:59), Justin Taflinger (18:28), Julian Wallace (18:33), Alex Ward (18:48) and Noah Gallaher (20:20).

Girls
The Kokomo girls placed 12th on the girls side of the Maconaquah invitational. Top runners were Taylor Walden (23:15) and Tyasia Burks (26:14).
Sept. 16 New Prairie Invite (T) 8:30 am Boys
The Kokomo boys were 31st in the class AAA large school division. Corey Dea placed 146th in 16:38.
Girls
Kokomo finished 32nd in the class AAA large school division. Taylor Walden had the top finish with a time of 25:16.
Sept. 23 Culver Invite (T) 8:45 am  
Sept. 30 North Central Conference @ IWU 10:00 am  



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