Weathering the elements and overcoming the course is what makes cross country runners a different breed.


Area cross country coaches liked the approach of their athletes in Thursday’s Lyndon Invitational in a rainy and cool day conditions.


"Normally heat and humidity are major factors in the early season meets but the cool, wet, and windy weather at Melvern Lake provided an interesting challenge for our second competition," Central Heights coach Troy Prosser said.


West Franklin coach echoed Prosser and saw his runners compete with a different mindset.


"The wet conditions at the Melvern Lake course brought about an additional challenge, but the cool conditions aided the runners, many of which improved their times significantly," he said.


Central Heights, West Franklin and Wellsville competed in the 20-team meet. The West Franklin boys took third and the Wellsville boys were seventh. The Central Heights boys and girls along with the West Franklin girls did not compete as teams.


Taryn Compton and Lily Meyer finished fourth and fifth for the Central Heights girls.


"Taryn did a great job leading the varsity girls team and even lowered her personal best time by over 30 seconds," Prosser said. ‘It’s been really enjoyable to see her hard work pay off."


The Central Heights boys were paced by David Craft in seventh and Dakota Kuczmarski took ninth.


"Dakota Kuczmarski continued to impress in his freshman season and lowered his time by 20 seconds on a wet, heavy course against some incredible competition and Nicholas Schultze ran a fantastic race to capture the gold medal in the junior varsity race," Prosser said. "What it all boils down to was being a solid day and a great learning opportunity. We need to continue our self discovery and the many different ways that competition can push us to adapt and improve."


Kyle Haner paced the Falcon boys by taking fourth.


"Kyle Haner held his position in the lead pack for most of the race," Hahn said. "Overall, the team showed a lot of grit and took the right risks, many of which paid off with better times and higher places."


The girls were led by Lily Judd in third place. Hahn said Judd battled her way around the course and her late kick nearly gave her a runner-up finish.


Central Heights


Boys varsity


7, David Craft, 18:32; 9, Dakota Kuczmarski,18:35; 21, Luke Cotter, 19:18.


Girls varsity


Boys JV


1, Nicholas Schultze, 20:43; 15, Alex Skeet, 26:27.


Eighth grade girls


4, Melaney Chrisjohn,14:35; 5, Kaylee Holstine,15:05.


Eighth grade boys


2, Connor Burkdoll, 12:10; 5, Owen Miller, 12:53; 7, Cody Hammond,13:13.


Seventh grade girls


13, Arabella Dunbar, 17:35.


Seventh grade boys


8, Aydan Dunbar, 14:33; 9, Hunter Johnson,14:59; 14, Aidan Howland,15:57; 22, Cash Miller, 18:13.


West Franklin


Varsity boys


4, Kyle Haner, 17:30; 16, Lucas Hassler, 18:53; 18, Kale Link,19:04; 20, Nathan Hassler, 19:15; 25, Nicholas Hatifield, 20:00; 38, Martir Caceres-Ramos, 21:42; 46, Timothy Pearce, 22:49.


Varsity girls


3, Lily Judd, 21:32; 20, Hope Crabtree, 24:35.


Seventh grade girls


15, Mya Crabtree, 18:10.


Seventh grade boys


20, Abe Link, 18:09; 26, Coy Link, 19:19; 28, Bryce Link, 20:35.


Eighth grade girls


8, Mackenzie Walter, 16:04; 9, Sarah Voth, 16:05; 18, Sarah Wright, 18:01.


Eighth grade boys


1, Hunter Bailey, 11:49.


Wellsville


Varsity boys


41, Coy Jones, 22:15.2; 42, Ethan Elliott, 22:19.; 53, Chase Douglas, 24:11.2; 56, Ty Weekes, 25:02.7; 65, Carson Richardson, 28:55.8.


JV Girls


1, Karizma Shay, 25:20.2; 18, Madison Norman, 32:58.5.


Seventh grade girls


4, Ellie Strain, 15:38.9.