CROSS COUNTRY FOOTNOTES
By Coach John Entwisle
Ten weeks of running preparation finally came to an end last Thursday at the Southern Hills Golf course at the Region 5A cross country meet. Eleven teams competed for a chance to compete at the state meet in Sioux Falls this coming Saturday. Seems like we were blessed with good running weather today as opposed to what we had practiced in the last week.
Adam Consoer will represent Hot Springs at the state meet in Sioux Falls this Saturday. Adam ran the best race of his cross country career placing 5th in a time of 18:06, dropping 58 seconds off his best time. Adam got out to a very good start, maintaining the 7th place position for about 600 meters before jumping two positions and holding that place for the remainder of the race. Adam really ran a guts race, a Prefontaine effort, through two grueling laps over the Southern Hills course.
On a day when you do not expect PR’s to be set, we had a few more kids who improved on their previous best times. Colton Koupal (33rd, 20:23), John Lane (43rd, 21:26) and Weston Watson (45th,22:21) each finished out their varsity season. We had some good performances from the boys but unfortunately, only the top 20 kids can qualify for a state meet, unless you are fortunate enough to be a member of team that qualifies. Congratulations to Pierce Sword and the rest of the Custer team; good luck at state.
Jewel Brown was are only girl varsity runner today (43rd, 25:55). Jewel may not have earned a trip to state, but it was not for a lack of effort. She gave her best every day in practice. Jewel, in her first year, really ran strong from start to finish and there is no quit in this kid. She is someone who others should watch because of her tenacity in cross country.
Jacob Washbur (22:59), Jinthe Umbch (28:09) and Goldie Haukuss (34:03) all competed in the JV division. These kids were really fun to watch as they all competed well, and especially Goldie as this was her only race of the year. Each one showed a great deal of improvement today; we are very proud of what each of these kids have done for us this year.
One meet left and one athlete to prepare, but in actuality, we are preparing all the non-seniors for the season next year. This region meet was a good experience for all our kids. It is just a shame that more were not out for this sport either to watch or participate. Cross country is not meant for everyone but there are definitely some kids in school who should be out that could really benefit from the training and the discipline that this sport generates. I will say that I am proud of our cross country athletes; their dedication and their willingness to put up with their “old” coach. I also want to give a ton of credit and thanks to my assistant coaches Jim H., and Issac Z., without their assistance we are never as successful as we want to be and it is because of their efforts that allows our runners to thrive.
One last thank you to the parents and our families who support us in this sport, the time it takes away and the extra burden it puts on those who care and allow us to do our jobs.
Adam’s race will be at Yankton Trails Park in Sioux Falls next Saturday. Adam will be running in the 2nd race of the day at 12:30 p.m. central time.
Brett Nachtigall/Fall River County Herald
The Region 5A boys cross country runners are bunched up at the start of last week's region race at Southern Hills Golf Course in Hot Springs, as they begin their quest to qualify for this week's state meet in Yankton.