Athlete of the Week - Payton Gerken, SO., McCool Junction

The McCool Junction girls cross country team won its first meet of the year last Thursday at the Randall Smith Invite in Hebron, and its sophomore runner Payton Gerken was a big reason why. Gerken finished runner-up in the 5k race with a time of 21 minutes, 18.6 seconds, which is the fastest time a McCool Junction girl has ever recorded at Hebron Country Club. Who was the previous owner of that record time? Gerken’s older sister, Madison, who ran a 21:37.1 back in 2017.

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