Lady Saints cross country squad competes in state tournament

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

After earning themselves a first place finish in the District Meet in St. Joseph, the Saint Paul Lutheran High School Lady Saints cross country team traveled to Jefferson City this past weekend to compete in the MSHSAA State Cross Country Championships.
The Lady Saints found themselves among the rolling hills of the Oak Hills Golf Course on a mildly cool autumn afternoon. With Class 2 being the last of eight races for the day, the course was a little muddy and slippery in places. A total of 176 Class 2 runners stepped up to the starting line, anxiously awaiting the start gun.
The start was a mass exodus of multi-colored uniforms as the runners charged out of their starting boxes, eventually spreading themselves along the winding course. Adrien Martens was the first Lady Saint to cross the finish line in 34th place with a time of 22:25. Sofie Rasmussen was the second Lady Saint to cross the line in 63rd place with a time of 23:21. The other team members came across the finish line as follows: Sara Johnsen with 24:08 finishing 105th, Sigrid Kversoey with 25:27 in 140th place, Marta Madtsen with 26:26 finishing 151st, Tiril Rongved with 28:16 in 167th, and Hanna Sandven with 28:58 in 171st despite battling shin splints. These times earned the ladies an 11th place finish out of 16 teams.
I am so very proud of each of these ladies. As a coach (along with coach Eric Gramenz), I have seen them improve over these past two months and grow together as a team.
These ladies have put in the hard work that it takes to get results. Success is not always measured by the medals received or the awards accumulated. Success comes in conquering something that you did not think was possible. Success comes in doing your best in that moment and putting forth 100 percent effort.
I pray that my team has realized that this season was more than just about running. I hope that they learned something about themselves, and that they have found that drive and desire within to do their best with the talents and abilities that the Lord has blessed them with. Give the Glory to God (GTGTG) and RUN FOR THE ONE ... always.

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