Special article by Knox Central High School student Rachel Brown
This past Saturday, August 30th, Knox Central’s cross country team competed in the Livingston Leap 5k run. Race day dawned with a foggy, humid, morning, and the gun went off promptly at 8 am. The team brought seventeen athletes to compete in the field of about 70 runners. Numerous weeks of grueling practice has begun to pay off, and the Panthers experienced distinct success at the race. In the male 13-17 age group, all top three spots were captured by KC’s athletes. Mike Lomio, Tyler Rice, and Dane Imel secured these awards, all running under 20 minutes in the 3.2 mile race. In the male 12 and under category, two more Knox runners—Jared Hurst and Jordan Payne—secured podium spots. On the female side, two KC student athletes claimed distinction in their respective age groups. Caseylynn Brooks, a junior, ran just over 23:00 to secure a top three finish in the 13-17 age group. Reagan Trent, a seventh-grader, finished at a blistering pace to find herself at the top of the 12 and under age group. Knox Central coach Wesley Rieth secured the overall fastest time at the race. He explained, “The performance that our athletes put forward today was akin to one we might of experienced at the end of the season last year. We’re actually better than we were at the end of last season—this will be a state-qualifying team. Going over multiple bridges, the course offered an overall flat experience for the runners. It was evident on the morning of the race that Knox’s team was the largest group present, and that they came ready with a mindset to win.