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Cross Country’s Byrne Fest

Laura Knapp, Crown Staff

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On September 17th, the Marian Cross country team competed at the 17th Annual Byrne Fest. The meet is held in honor of Ryan Byrne, a cross country runner and a Woodstock alumni, who passed away at a young age. Byrne Fest is held to remember and honor Ryan, as such it is organized very differently from other meets to reflect his ideals.

Usually, meets are organized with separate races for the varsity, JV, and open classes, with boys and girls running separately. However, at Byrne fest, not only do girls and boys run together, but JV and varsity races are combined. Senior AJ Nayahangan, the team manager said, “Byrne fest is great; it is one of the most competitive meets of the year, and it really brings the team together.”

At Byrne fest, races are run in a series of seven heats, starting with the slower runners, and building up to the fastest ones. The four highest placing runners for JV and Varsity receive medals, allowing runners of differing speeds to be awarded. “I really like Byrne fest”, said Molly Sullivan, a sophomore runner, “It gives runners who don’t usually medal a chance to.”

The varsity girls had a strong meet, placing 5th overall. Shelby Truckenbrod, a junior, placed 2nd in her heat, and Abigail Jones, a senior, placed 3rd in hers, earning medals. In the boy’s races, freshman Ryan Jones also placed 3rd in his heat. The Marian Central team ended their successful day by celebrating their senior night, honoring senior team members Morgan Litterer, Abigail Jones, McKayla Knuth, Clay Gulbransen, Nicole Lange, and AJ Nayahangan.

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