White Knoll Cross Country enjoyed a record-setting day at the State Meet on Saturday, November 8. For the first time ever, White Knoll has an All-State Cross Country runner in Senior Bryan Grumbach, who surged into third place in the final 100 meters of the 5K race to finish in 15:46.The top three runners in each race were awarded medals from the SCHSL, with the top 15 earning All-State honors. Grumbach improved upon the previous White Knoll best of 27th place by Bryan Brooks at the 2003 State Meet. On paper, Grumbach was seeded sixth going into the Boys’ 4A race, but his patience and knack for correct pacing, as well as an unmatched finishing kick, propelled him up several spots in the final results.
Also competing in the Boys’ race was Sophomore Johnny Clemens. Grumbach and Clemens have been a dynamic duo in most races this season, with both being named All-County and All-Region. Clemens was on track to a strong finish at his first State Meet but encountered some difficulties and had to withdraw late in the race. Fortunately, he’ll have two more opportunities at this race in the years to come.
For the Girls, it was German exchange-student Josie Cornelius with another strong performance. Cornelius broke her own school record in the 5K with a huge personal best of 19:44, putting her in 31st place. Cornelius had just barely managed to qualify for the race as the 20th, and last, individual qualifier at last week’s Mid-State Qualifier. On paper, she was the No. 62 runner in 4A entering the race, but after a strong week of practice, she moved up steadily during the race and achieved the MileSplit National Elite Silver Standard (19:45), another first for a White Knoll girl cross country runner.