Young Athletes Try Cross-Country Oct. 20
November 18, 2021
AURORA—About 30 grade school students competed in Rosary High School’s “A Taste of Cross” one-mile runs on the school’s campus Oct. 20.
Runners competed in separate girls’ and boys’ flights for youth from fifth grade and under through eighth grade. 
Vic Mead, Rosary harrier (cross-country) coach, coordinated the event with obstacles including hay bales and a water jump. As harrier coach at Geneva High School, he ran a similar race with straw bales but no water jump.
Mead said he started the event in 1995 at Lincoln Park in Aurora. After a few years, he moved the race to the Rosary campus and added new obstacles. 
First-place finishers overall were Mia Kunio in 6:37 and Toby Morten in 6:00.9. 
Others taking firsts by grade level were: 
 4th and under: Mason Rybaski, 7:20 and Masha Kadyschuk-8:15; 
 5th: Hayden Rybaski, 6:31, and  Ruby Razum, 7:42; 
 6th: Kia Enid, 6:29; and
 7th: Graham Razum, 6:15, and Liv Ketterman, 6:57. 
All Rosary contestants received a participation ribbon.
—Allan F. Benson
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