The Burlington cross country teams competed at the Brush Invitational on Sept. 26, with Aaron Robles leading the way. Robles took the top individual time among the boys with a clocking of 18 minutes over the 5-kilometer course.
Meanwhile, the Lady Cougars, led by Denise Granillo (24:52), placed third among the girls teams. The team also included Ilise Grinnan (25:44), Charlotte Goodnow (26:28) and Lily Wycoff (36:13)
Adan Lopez placed 14th individually for the Cougars. He posted a career-best time of 21 minutes and 54 seconds.
“This team has come quite the distance since the beginning of the season. I see six runners that are running with confidence,” coach John Schroeder said. “They attack the hills, they find that extra ounce of fuel to sprint at the end of the race. I see the ones who have finished standing at the finish line yelling at their teammates, ‘You’re almost there, dig down, find it.’ Pretty exhilarating and I am incredibly proud of them.
“I’ve seen my runners shaking hands with runners from other teams at the end of the race. True sportsmanship. Two meets left before regionals. We have Wiggins and conclude the (regular) season at Wray. It’s going be fun.”