There is a Time and Pace For XC

Senior Justin Karstetter runs at Boys Town Invitational, boys won 3rd place in state

By: Connor Wieseman

The boy’s and girl’s cross country teams ran an historical season with both teams earning major accomplishments . Both teams earned first place in districts, qualifying to run the state meet at Kearney. At the state meet, the girls took 7th place and the boys finished 3rd. With the team’s hard work and commitment it was able to bring home some hardware and memories.

Varsity runner junior Hannah Pollan said the team was pleased with the season. Pollan runs a 19:54 5K, and is known to be one of the best female runners on the team.

“Personally I feel like I’ve done alright, I’ve stayed consistent with my running this season,” Pollan said.

Freshman Luke Coltvet, an 18:11 5K runner said the team made great improvement.

“I think that we’ve improved pretty good, especially after getting our injured runners back and getting them back into shape,” Coltvet said. “That helped us a ton.”

Coltvet said his experience at districts was positive. “I got my PR (Personal Record) and as a team member, I couldn’t be more proud to be on this team,” he said.

Pollan said she and the team made a lot of  improvement from the beginning of the season to the end.  “I believe we just put in a lot of effort and we put in the time needed to improve,” Pollan said. “We are all very committed to the team.”

“I would say this is our and my best season yet, and I’ve been on varsity all three years,” Pollan said.

She added that she was really happy how much the coaches cared for her and the team.

“They’ve been really motivating and really care about our well-being and our training,” Pollan said.

Pollan said she thought the season ended with success.

“All of our girls run around the same time, they all run around a low 21, high 20 which is pretty good, and that’s pretty strong to run ‘pack running’.”

With both teams doing well from the beginning of the season to the end, Pollan said it showed that running and working hard everyday can be fun. 

Junior Hannah Pollan, races at Boys Town Invitational. The girls team finished 7th at the state meet Oct. 20th

Senior Justin Karstetter, runs at Boys Town Invitational. The boys finished 3rd at the state meet.