By CONNOR WALDRON
WS sports writer
DAYTON – The home cross-country meet for West Side is called the Pirate Challenge and it took place on Thursday.
The race consists of a very diverse course, varying from steep slopes to barb-wire fences and homemade bridges. It is notorious among other schools as being a challenging course and is always a highlight of the season for the Pirate team.
Coach Kerry Baird stated, “The Pirates did very well and keep improving every week. Our course has been known as one of the toughest in the state and even though we changed it this year.
“It is still very challenging, with two major climbs, a steep decent, and a fence crossing on a straw-bale bridge.
“It puts us in pretty good standing going into the Bob Firman Invite next week in Boise where there will be over 60 teams competing.”
Both the girls and boys represented the Pirates well. Senior Sydney Blair placed second in the girl’s run with a time of 23:23.
“We are all doing very well and we’ve been working really hard, so these next few meets should be good,” said Blair.
Senior Natasha Bartholomew also represented the girls well placing 15th with a time of 28:13.
“The Pirate Challenge was definitely a challenge, but I thought our girls did really well considering that for many it was their first race.
“I really enjoyed the new course this year,” said Natasha Bartholomew.
The boy’s team did not disappoint with Sophomore Zach Hatch placing fifth with a time of 20:21.
Brandon Olsen and Carlton Baird also did well placing 13th and 14th, respectively. Olsen, a freshman, had a time of 21:37, and Baird, a sophomore, had a time of 21:45.
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