Sitting in coach Richard Dugan’s room, the cross country runners wait for their daily instructions. Dugan walks in and tells the team that for their workout, they will be playing Ultimate Frisbee. The whole team starts cheering, because this is not a usual workout for the team, as they normally prepare for meets.
The team started their season off on Sept. 3 in Mission Valley, with a new head coach in Dugan.
“As a first-year coach, I wanted our runners to improve every day, compete in every race and enjoy the sport and have fun,” Dugan said. “As the season moved on, I wanted our teams to compete harder.”
Their regular season ended at the Mid-East League meet on Oct. 15 in Alma, where the girls team placed third, and the boys team placed fourth.
“It felt cool to be competing at a higher level of competition,” Zoeller said. “It made running have even more of a purpose to me than before.”
Regionals were held on Oct. 24, in Hays, Kan. No runners made it through to state, but freshman John Allen was only eight places away from making it to state.
“I feel really good because I am only a freshman,” Allen said. “I am looking forward to next year to try and shave more off of my time.”
There were five seniors out for cross country this year, Rachel Caffrey, Macie Frakes, Kendal Howard, Brett Schwarz and Ethan Sylvester. These seniors have made many memories and are going to miss many aspects of the sport.
“The thing I will miss the most about cross country is being able to have so many friendships, especially with the junior high students who look up to me as a high school student,” Frakes said.
Article by Jayden Weers, yearbook copy editor
Photo courtesy of Macie Frakes