Underclassmen off to a fast start at Hood Invite


courtesy of David Sears

Linganore XC takes a team photo after a well fought race for the team.

by Carson Buck, Editor

Despite boys cross country placing 10th at the Hood Invite on September 19, the future looks bright for the program.  Young athletes like Cole Williamson, Jack Sears, and Alex Kullgren have proved that they can succeed at the varsity level.

Before the race, freshman Cole Williamson said, “A medal and becoming the top freshman in the state is my goal for this race.”

Williamson achieved exactly that, running a blazing fast time of 17:07,  putting him 4th all time for freshman runners at Linganore High School in his first race.

Linganore faced an odd predicament at the end of the race, finishing in a 3-way tie for 8th place. When a race goes to a tie, it goes to the 6th runners placing. The tiebreaker has proven important for Linganore before, as the 6th runner was what won Linganore the CMC championship in 2018.

Senior Carson Buck placed 8th at the invite, with a time of 16:47 for a 5k.

Senior Zach Hunsaker said, “A lot of people have been overcoming injuries. It’s good to see them all race.”

Cole Williamson came in 15th overall in a strong showing for the freshman.

“I really believe he has what it takes to be the next star runner at Linganore” said Hunsaker.

Returning runner Jack Sears had a strong showing as well, running an 18:10. ” I was happy to be able to come in the top 50 with a strong finish” said the second year runner.

Marty Ratchford had a good race. “If it wasn’t for Jack, I wouldn’t have gotten my PR,” he said.

Overall the meet was a good stepping stone for the team. Head coach Andres Wright issued a congratulations to new runners and to the two medalists, Cole Williamson and Carson Buck.