We started the season with disappointing news that the second fastest boy on the team had a sickness that would keep him from competing the whole season.
By Brett Duer
NKN Cross Country Coach
This meant that all the other boys had to step up and fill the missing hole.
Since all of our big races are one after another at the end of October,we had a new training plan to peak later in the season. The plan worked well with the boys team winning our home meet, placing second at NWL 2A Championships.
Going into 3A/2A /1A District Championships, we were the underdogs, ranking 4th in the league. With hard work and smart racing, we placed 3rd, taking Chemawa High School’s state spot. Each athlete on the varsity team had their preselected competition and strategy for the race. Aaron Scovel and I had to study other teams’ times and rankings like a football coach has to watch tape before a game. Everyone on the team had to pull their weight to secure the 3rd place spot. That they did. I was so proud to see the boys hard work pay off at the end.
Julian Croman individually qualified for state, placing 4th in the race
It was a building year for girls with strong season PRs. Lacoya Reny-Hamer and Iris Siegel placed in the top 20 in the league. With most of the girls returning next season and the addition of Aspen Becker and Karisa Hadermann, two very fast 8th grade girls, they have a promising shot of qualifying for state next year.