Hengesbach, Batzel Lead Runners
Natalie finished second in the Girls’ varsity competition, while Chad took seventh in the boys’ varsity race. On the JV side, Frankie White followed up his first-place finish in the team’s opening meet by taking third overall in the 72-man field.
Natalie, who took sixth in the opening meet of the season, ran a 22:21 to finish in the runner-up slot.
Chad, for his part, matched his seventh-place finish of a year ago in the meet, although he cut more than 30 seconds off his 2012 time to finish in 18:47.
Connor Hopkins, running his first meet of the season, posted a 20:47 to take 24th and teammate Rex Zhang, continuing to show improvement, finished 30th in 22:13 for the shorthanded Oaks, who were competing without two of their top runners.
In the JV race, Frankie ran a personal-record 20:40 to lead the way for the Collegiate, which placed four runners in the top 25. Chandler Branton (22:18) finished 15th while Harrison Fuller (23:35) took 20th and Chas LeHew wound up spot one behind him in 21st in a personal-best 23:54.
(Why so many cross country posts now? The reports were inadvertently sent to the wrong person in recent weeks).