Cross Country

Loggers show huge improvements in virtual run


File photo – The Eureka Loggers are busy preparing for the cross country season despite the uncertainty.

By Ray Hamill — The Loggers have no idea whether they’ll have a cross country season this year, but they’re certainly preparing as if they will.

On Friday, many of the Eureka High runners completed the virtual Logger Gobbler course at Cooper Gulch Park, with some notable improved times throughout the roster.

“There were some solid and exceptional performances,” said Eureka head coach Matt Messner, who described some of the improvements as insane. “It was a great effort by everyone.”

Most notably, senior Ethan Pesch posted an improved time of a minute, 14 seconds over the time he posted at the team’s last virtual run in Sequoia Park last month.

And he wasn’t the only one to make a substantial leap.

Three of the girls posted huge improvements — Sequoia Ashby (1:07 better than the last run), Miriam Mende (55 seconds) and Camille Shaver (51 seconds).

Wyatt Zerlang (34 seconds) and Charlotte Leonard (28 seconds) also had big improvements from their last time out, as did Noah Wager (21 seconds), Daniel Shaver (10 seconds) and Stasha Leonard (eight seconds).

Ian Bennett has the fastest time on the course so far, finishing in 10:45.

Messner has described this year’s team as the best he’s had in his time at Eureka High and the early times appear to back that belief. 

The two-mile Logger Gobbler virtual race is open to any local runner through Thanksgiving evening.

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