2018-2019 Varsity Cross Country

2018 Boys Cross
2018 Girls Cross

Coaches:  Ricke Stucker (Boys Head Coach), Chad Salinas (Girls Head Coach); Jayne Stucker (Asst. Coach)
Seniors Juniors Sophomores Freshmen
Julian Wallace

Liesl Elkin
Nathaneal Elkin
Ethan Poole

Josilyn McNeil
Brook Reaves
Madison Collins
Marina Magdalena Soler

Israel Burlingame
Travarion Corbin
Isaac Elkin
Isaiah Marden

Eva Gonzalez
Julynne Spidell

Date Opponent Time Score
Aug. 14 Northwestern Combo - Girls Only (T) 5:00 pm The young Lady Kats cross country team ran in the Northwestern Combo on Tuesday evening at Oakbrook Valley. The Lady Kats gained valuable experience as this was the first cross country meet of the season; this race was 3K in length and a nice way to get ready for the competitive season to come.

Kokomo's top finisher was freshman Julynne Spidell with a time of 13:07 finishing in 9th place. This was Julynne’s first high school cross country meet. She is a strong runner that shows much potential to grow in the season to come. Julynne’s times will
only become faster as she improves physically and mentally as a young runner.

The remaining two Lady Kat runners finished within two minutes of each other; they pushed themselves and competed throughout the tough, humid race. Madison Collins was first in this pair for the Kats in 16th place with a time of 18:41. Liesl Elkin finished
21st with a time of 20:28. They will look to gain strength and confidence this season.
​Coach Salinas
Aug. 18 Logansport Invite (T) 9:00 am In our first meet of the season, the Logansport Jacob Graf Invitational, we had an incomplete team, running without three of our harriers. 

All three Wildkat harriers that did run competed well.

Senior Julian Wallace placed 12th in 18:46, junior Nat Elkin placed 48th with a 21:09, and freshman Isaiah Marden crossed the line in 92nd spot at 23:52. 

Elkin, team captain, was our Runner-ofthe-Week, and we also set a KHS Cross Country record of 100 cross country alumni contacting us since last season.
Coach Stucker
Kokomo's top finisher was freshman Julynne Spidell with a time of 22:21 for 15th place. I was pleased to see her moving in the right direction with her time. There will be a huge breakthrough for her over the next two weeks. The sky is the limit for Julynne, and I know that she will continue to do everything to compete at her highest level.

Sophomore Marina Magdelena finished next with a time of 25:45 for 51st place. This was Marina’s first cross country meet and I expect great things to come from her this season.

Sophomore Madison Collins ran the race in 32:09 for 100th place. Our gap time between our second and third finishers was 6:24; we should be able to cut out gap time by a few minutes over the course of the next few meets.
​Coach Salinas
Aug. 25 McCutcheon Invite (T) 9:00 am Halted due to lightening
Sept. 1 Marion Invite (T) 9:00 am The Kokomo boys cross country team placed 10th in the Purple Race in the Marion Invitational at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Leading the Wildkats was senior Julian Wallace in 18th place with a time of 19:08. Junior Nat Elkin placed 52nd in 21:03, frosh Travarion Corbin crossed the line in 73rd with a 22:40, junior Ethan Poole was 85th at 23:38, frosh Isaac Elkin recorded a 23:50 for 86th spot, and frosh Isaiah Marden finished 88th in 23:55.
Coach Stucker
The young Lady Kats finished eighth of the nine
teams in our race. We pushed through the heat and
humidity, persevered, and finished with multiple
season bests.

Kokomo's top finisher was freshman Julynne Spidell
with a time of 22:32 for 16th place. She ran very well and passed a lot of girls over the last half of the race. Julynne is on the verge of a breakout meet; she is right where we want her to be at this point in the season as she is racing with heavy legs.

Sophomore Marina Magdelena finished next for the
Lady Kats with a time of 24:32 for 38th place. This
was her season best by 1:13, and I expect great
things from this first-year runner during the rest of
the season.

Our next finisher was junior Josilynn McNeil with a
time of 25:42 for 48th place. This was Josilynn’s
first cross country meet of the season, and I was
pleased with how hard she competed with the limited amount of practices that she has had.
​Coach Salinas
Sept. 8 Maconaquah Invite (T) 9:00 am Kokomo's boys placed 13th of 17 entered teams on a muddy, water-filled course that was approximately 60 seconds slower than last week's Indiana Wesleyan University course. It rained the entire meet.

Nat Elkin placed 57th in 21:48 to lead the Wildkat harriers. Next was Travarion Corbin with a 23:52 and 88th placing. Isaiah Marden finished 93rd at 24:39, Ethan Poole recorded a 24:59- good for 96th spot, and Isaac Elkin crossed the line in 99th , clocking a 25:20.

Marden was Runner-of-theWeek. 
Coach Stucker
Leading the way for the Lady Kats was freshman Julynne Spidell with a time of 23:34.

We had a rough race as a team and only had two of our seven ran well; freshman Eva Gonzales and junior Brook Reaves set personal bests’ on the season, and I am proud of how these two first-year runners responded to the adverse conditions. 
​Coach Salinas
Sept. 15 New Prairie Invite (T) 8:00 am In the boys' AAA race, the Kokomo Wildkat harriers placed 32nd at New Prairie.

Julian Wallace placed 138th in 18:55, Travarion Corbin ran 22:04 for 201st , Ethan Poole was 205th with a 23:39, Isaiah Marden crossed the line next in 206th at 23:40, and Isaac Elkin finished 207th , clocking a 24:16. Marden was named our Runner-of-the-Week.
Coach Stucker
The Kokomo High School Lady Kats placed 30th out of the 31 schools entered in the class AAA (large school) race at New Prairie on Saturday.

The top finisher for the Lady Kats was freshman Julynne Spidell with a time of 22:41 for 112th place.

We didn't run very well as a team in the unseasonably hot/humid race, and we were also missing one of our top runners, Marina Magdelena.

Our girls attacked the hilly second mile of the course and had very little left to finish the second half of the race. Our second finisher for the Lady Kats was Eva Gonzales with a time of 31:26 for 203rd place.
Madison Collins finished with a time of 32:32 for 205th place with Liesl Elkin not far behind in 206th place with a time of 32:49. Our final runner was Brook Reaves with a time of 36:40 for 208th place; this was Brook’s second cross country meet and her times are expected to improve notably over the next few meets.
​Coach Salinas
Sept. 22 Culver Invite (T) 8:45 am
Sept. 29 North Central Conference @ IWU 10:00 am
Oct. 6 Sectional
Oct. 13 Regional
Oct. 20 Semi-State    
Oct. 27 State Finals    

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