INDEPENDENCE -- Central's cross country team was presented with the chance to run on a fast track Oct. 9 at the Paul Mariman Invitational in Philomath.
It showed in the results as 15 of the 21 Panthers who competed on the day turned in their personal-best marks of the season.
"Our last three races have been over very difficult courses," Central coach Brad Simkins said. "It's good training, but it doesn't allow for fast times. The course at Philomath was flat and fast, giving the runners a long-awaited chance to show how really fast they are."
Quinn Lindley led the boys in the 5,000-meter varsity race by finishing 45th with a time of 18 minutes, 12.75 seconds. Brady Lloyd finished 66th in 18:54.81, and Trevor Whitaker was one place back in 18:57.11.
Logan McClanahan ran a 19:23.43 and finished 79th, and Jacob Earl finished 100th with a clocking of 19:58.32.
Marcos Ruiz, the No. 2 runners for the boys, remained sidelined with an injury.
Alyn Moncsko paced the Central girls by taking 14th with a season-best time of 20:44.97.
Other finishers for the Central girls were Melissa Whitaker (32nd place, 22:07.91), Wendy Deptula (38th, 22:34.05), Toni Humphrey (60th, 23:44.67), Taylor Huffman (74th, 24:41.44) and Dana McLean.
Other runners who turned in personal-best times for the year were Trevor Whitaker, McClanahan, Earl, Melissa Whitaker, Deptula and McLean.
"We were hoping to have the entire boys team healthy for this race to really see where we fit in, both league-wise as well as in the state. Now we'll just have to wait for district to find out.
"The girls are starting to come together as a team. For the first time all season, all six varsity girls competed as a team."