FORT WAYNE – Columbia City’s cross country season came to a finish Saturday at the New Haven semistate with three Eagles’ runners performing well. The event took place at The Plex.
The Eagles advanced three runners out of the previous week’s regional – Landon Wakeman, Nathan Mills and Lillian Oddou.
“To have two boys make it to semistate is pretty great,” said Columbia City head coach Robert Fahl. “There were a lot of good teams that didn’t advance any runners past the regional. They all had a good week of practice and ran well here too.”
Wakeman had the strongest run out of the pair of boys. He came in 42nd place out of 175 runners in 16:53. Mills wasn’t far behind in 46th place, finishing just five seconds later than his teammate.
“There wasn’t a lot of time between Wakeman and Mills. Mills is usually eight to 10 seconds behind. They both ran well,” Fahl said.
In the girls race, Oddou placed 86th place out of 180 runners in 20:54.
“Oddou has been our No. 1 runner for most of the season. She raced even though she had a wedding to attend later in the day. I’m not sure how much that may have been on her mind, but it was a good effort.”
Fahl said he was proud to have three runners represent Columbia City High School. Wakeman was awarded first team all-conference and Mills was listed on second team all-conference.
“We had an outstanding season,” said Fahl. “Wakeman and Mills had their goal of getting all-conference, and they both achieved that. All three ran well today. They are disappointed they didn’t advance, but I can’t be upset at the way they performed.”