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Cedarcrest cross country squad does well at State

  • Written by Bruce McDowell

Last Saturday, the Cedarcrest cross country squad wrapped up the 2015 season at the State Championship meet.

The state meet is cool as it involves all of the classifications at one site.

The girls were up first for us. We figured that we would place in about the middle (maybe 6th to 10th) of the pack, team-wise. And that’s where we ended up, 9th place. Alicia Krivanek was our highest finisher getting 19th place in 19:43, just barely missing the podium (top 16).  

Our top 10 list for the state course is pretty deep as we have had quite a bit of team and individual success. Alicia was able to run herself onto the list in 7th place. Our other scoring five were Madi Shinn – 44th, Lily Krueger – 72nd, Kate Vergillo – 88th and Mary Cate Babcock – 89th.  It was a good end of the season for the girls squad.  

For the boys, we figured we would finish similar to the girls but maybe a bit higher. And once again, we were about right as the boys ended up in 6th place. That is our second highest placing boys team at state, behind the 3rd place in 2013.
Ian Fay was our highest finisher, 18th place, similarily to Alicia just missing a spot on the podium.

Our other scoring five were Grant Van Valkenburg – 28th, Cameron Hammontree – 43rd, Ben Benson – 53rd and Vincent Dams – 92nd.

Our boys top 10 state list doesn’t have quite the history as the girls list but yet it is still a quality list. Ian with his 16:16 now sits 3rd, Grant in 16:31 is 5th, Cam in 16:47 is 8th and Ben in 16:53 is 10th.  

Another good end of season.

This year was all about reestablishing ourselves within our league, district and state. I would say that was definitely accomplished.  Both squads won Conference titles. Both squads qualified for state.  

Both squads finished top 10 at the state meet. These are all accomplishments that I will gladly take.

Full meet results can be found at the following links.  http://www.wiaa.com/results/crosscountry/2015/boys4a15.html and http://www.wiaa.com/results/crosscountry/2015/girls2a15.html.

As a coach it is pretty common to look forward to the future as we wrap up the current season. This year is no different. We say goodbye and thanks to the seniors who will not return next year.

Next year won’t be the same without them. Yet as we have for the previous seasons, we will adapt and reinvent ourselves to a new version next year.

For the girls, we return 10 of what most would consider to be our top 12 for the year.  Of the nine who we took to districts and state, we return seven and all five of our scoring five for the District and state meets.

For the boys, we return 10 of our top 13 for the year. Of the nine who we took to districts and state, we return seven and four of our scoring five for the past two meets.

All of this means, that hopefully with some good training, athletic progression and coaching, I will have some good news to tell you next year.

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