The cross country team is off and running the town. We are gearing up for another successful season, guided by returning letter winners, AJ Neely, sophomore, and Brock Krueger, 8th grader.
Last year, as a freshman, Neely placed 25th in the Class B State meet and stood on the medal stand at Hart Ranch in Rapid City. We will look for those two to provide guidance as we continue to build our program. Even though we are a young team, we will use those past experiences to help build our foundation.
New to the team this year, are seventh graders Branden Flowers, Jaclyn Jungemann, and Karter Mebius. Flowers is already making huge strides in practice. Being the only girl out, Jungemann gives us a female runner, which we have not had in the past few years. Mebius is a dual-sport athlete, and is committing to practicing on his own time. We also welcome exchange student, Alex Puget. He is in the sophomore class and is from Paris, France. He will be a great asset to our team and I look forward to having him and Neely continue to push each other in practice and stick together at meets.
These cooler temperatures are making if feel more and more like fall and we are excited to put our best foot forward in our meets.
Our first meet was Tuesday, September 3, after the Labor Day Break. The meet was in Salem and historically has been our biggest meet in the past. Both Class A and B schools competed in four divisions, Girls’ and Boys’ Varsity, 5000 meters, and Girls’ and Boys’ JV, 4000 meters. Race time was 4:15 p.m. at the Salem golf course. The meet was underway at press time and meet results will be published in next week’s True Dakotan.
On Wednesday, September 11, we will host the 281 conference meet at Springs Country Club / Golf Course. As always, we would appreciate any support and cheers as we run along the course. You are welcome to come out around the golf course and experience a cross country meet. Action will start at 10 a.m.