Despite lack of Experience, Cross Country Team Prevails

With three medalists and sixth-place finish as a team, the Sterling High School Cross Country team completed its meet with high expectations.

The Black Bears traveled to Smoky Valley High School in Lindsborg for their first meet, and, with their success, Coach Dan Whisler has high hopes for the rest of the season.

“I’m optimistic,” he said. “All the athletes have been working hard. We knew it was the first meet of the year and racing conditions weren’t ideal, but efforts were good. My goal is that we compete the best we can this season.”

The runners achieved some personal goals, and gained experience.

“I thought it was really good,” sophomore Will Dutton said. “It was good to get some experience as a team. On the guys side, most of us had ran the course before, and I thought we had a pretty good showing, as it is a pretty challenging course.”

For some of the Black Bears, this was their first meet.

“I was nervous about totally failing because this was the first time in my life I was running seriously,” said Betty Baar, junior foreign exchange student from Germany.

Experienced runners were not immune from nerves, though.”

“It was extremely nerve wracking to know the course and my past personal best on the course, but also to know that this was the first meet of the season,” freshman Madeline Wagley said.

After a good start, the running Bears seem to be looking forward to seeing what’s next.

“It seems like a very promising season,” Wagley said. “I hope we continue to get better.”