On Tuesday, September 1 the Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond Knights cross country team traveled across Moultrie county to compete at Sullivan’s Tabor Park for the second time in a week. Other squads attending came from Shelbyville, Tuscola, Argenta-Oreana and the hosts.
The Knights sat out their top 4 runners and allowed the harriers to show their team depth. Perennial contender Shelbyville outlegged the Knights by 14 points. This result would have been closer if not for a disastrous fall suffered by Jacob Adcock. While leading all ALAH runners charging into the final mile, Adcock slipped on a wet wooden bridge and went down hard on the gravel course. Getting up, he gathered himself and finished a courageous run in a near PR of 18:02. He was the 1st Knight and 6th overall. Just steps behind was Jacob Duzan with his best effort of his fledgling career at 18:04 placing 7th.
Connor Edmonds and Jesus Corona each chop over 30 seconds off their PR’s as they run 11th and 12th overall. The Knights 5th scoring runner was Reggie Edmonds finishing 16th while dipping under 19 minutes for the first time at 18:54.
Due to some injury issues, the Lady Knights ran short handed with only 4 girls toeing the start line. They produced an outstanding effort with 3 ladies producing PR’s while chasing an outstanding and dominant Shelbyville squad.
Charlie Condill, Makenzie Brown, and Alisha Frederick go 10, 11, and 12, each in a personal best at 21:30, 22:11, and 22:14 respectively. Sarah Rafferty runs a gutty race finishing 18th in 24:28 while dealing with some injury issues of her own. The Lady Knights continue to improve their fitness and form weekly. As noted earlier , this group will be one of the area surprises of 2020.
The Knights are back in business Saturday September 5th in Chrisman. The Cow Chip Classic is one of the outstanding events run downstate annually. Our harriers square off against Monticello and PBL in the feature heat of the day. Their post time is 11:00 am.