(Graphic by Jackson Crawford)

Two freshmen recorded their fastest times of the year by big margins in the Wildfire Invitational cross-country meet on Oct. 5 at Foresthill High School.

Eric Lechpammer finished 87th of 152 runners in the JV/Frosh boys 2-mile with a time of 14 minutes, 20 seconds. He cut more than two minutes off his previous season best of 16:41 in the Lagoon Valley Classic on Sept. 7.

Jonah David placed 118th in 15:30. His previous best time this year was 17:06.7 in the Lagoon Valley Classic.

Lechpammer attributed his success to a few factors.

“This course was a bit shorter compared to the prior meets,” he said. “This was also the first course that didn’t have a really big hill, so I was able to use my energy more evenly.”

Lechpammer said he enjoyed the conditions in the Wildfire Invitational.

“This was my favorite course so far,” Lechpammer said. “I really liked running through the forest. The course was a little hilly but wasn’t a total uphill run. The temperature that day was also really nice and made for a fun race.”

David said his training is beginning to show.

“I think my endurance has drastically improved,” he said. “I’ve been training nearly every day, and I think that it has helped a lot.”

David added that he also “really enjoyed the course. It went in and out of a forest, and I liked the surface of the compact dirt.”

By Miles Morrow

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