Cross country returns 2 state placers from 2021 

Jacob Meseke | editor in chief

Cross country looks to reload after its girls earned a sixth-place finish at state in 2021.

Head coach Roger Alderman said he looks forward to seeing his team compete everyday. “Just seeing the group work together. They make it fun to go to practice and workout. It really is a unique experience,” Alderman said. 

One goal for Alderman is to get better every day. “Our goals are always to get a little better every day and be at our best come League, Regional, and State,” Alderman said. 

The girls are coming off a sixth place finish at state last year. The Chargers had two top 20 finishers. Sophomore Payton Wurtz finished in 2nd and senior Rebekah Stuhlzatz finished 15th. 

“Last year was a great learning experience. The biggest thing I’ve taken away from last season, cross country and track together, is really just to run my race. It’s so easy to get caught up in the moment and try to win the race in the first half mile,” Wurtz said.

Staying healthy will be key for the girls to make it back to state. “They have to keep them healthy and then keep improving. If we could find a few more girls to come out, it would really help,” Alderman said. 

With no freshmen on the team, all boys are returning, including sophomore Rhett Parry, the fastest boys runner last season. The rest of the returning boys all finished within one minute of him at regionals last year. 

Cross country starts its season at 10 a.m. Saturday at Silver Lake. 

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