By William /

The Canton/Galva cross country has been short handed all season, but those that do run have been outstanding and they proved their worth again on Thursday as Christian Darrah and Morgan Becker finished first and second at the Wheat State League Meet held at Harvey County West State Park.

Darrah won the meet with a run of 17:07 while Becker who is just now rounding back into shape after a lengthy illness, took second with a time of 17:43.

Also running for the Eagles were Garrett Silsby and Ethan Alkire, with Silsby placing 12th with a time of 21:11 while Alkire ran 18th with a run of 24:59.

As a team, the Eagles placed second behind league champion Goessel.

“We ran at Harvey County West last week for the Burrton meet,” pointed out Eagle head coach Lyle Silsby. “But with all the rain this week, the course had to be altered from that meet, so it is hard to gauge progress other than watching the kids and judging how well they looked while running.”

Coach Silsby gave high praises to his two-star harriers during his post-meet reflections, adding, “Christian (Darrah) looked like he was running just as well as he did last week. With Morgan (Becker) being able to close in about 20 seconds closer to Christian than last week means he is showing some progress of getting back into form. Morgan still does not feel close to 100%, but hopefully the corner has been turned.”

As for his other two runners, Coach Silsby concluded his reflections by saying, “Garrett (Silsby) ran a good race today as he was able to move up and pass several runners in the last half mile giving him a chance to finish strong. Ethan (Alkire) was able to set a personal record today by over a minute. He has struggled with a calf muscle tear the past two weeks, and his training has been minimal at best, so I was surprised how well he was able to run today. Now we hope he can stay on track this next week prepping for regionals.”

Next up for the Eagle harriers will be the State Regionals on Saturday, October 23 at Cessna Activity Center in Wichita.

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