Wurtz places 2nd, Stuhlsatz 15th, team 6th at state cross country

Justin Carlson | opinion editor

Girls cross country concluded its successful season on Saturday in Victoria with a 6th place finish as a team and two individual medalists.

Freshman Payton Wurtz and junior Rebekah Stuhlsatz finished 2nd and 15th respectively. Wurtz’s time of 19:27 is a new school record and her 2nd place finish is the highest an individual has placed at state in program history. Stuhlsatz had her 3rd consecutive year of placing at state, which ties her for most individual medals won at state. 

Wurtz said she was pleased with her freshman year. “I think I really started things with a bang this year. I was worried because I did so well in junior high, so I put a lot of pressure on myself not to do poorly in high school.” Only a freshman, Wurtz still has high hopes for the future. “I’m proud of the team and how hard we’ve worked. I’m going for it next year though. Now that I’ve dipped my toes in the water I want to win it all.”

Stuhlsatz reflected on the season saying, “I think I did OK. I think I could have done better in some races, but it went well overall. I think next season will be really good. A lot of our top runners are returning, so it should be a fun season. I think we all expect to go back to state.”

Photos by Rhett Parry.

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