Dawgs are fired up for cross country

This article submitted by Ryan Flanders on 9/1/99.

The boys cross country team is fired up for a new season! They have been working hard all summer long, meeting a couple times a week to run together, and attending practice twice a day the last three weeks of August.

In addition to being mentally and physically prepared for the season, all of last season's varsity runners are returning. They include senior Luc Trees, juniors Clayton Lang, Eric Korman, Travis Flanders, Ryan Flanders, and Adam Utsch, and sophomore Eric Rausch.

This year's team also has additional depth. Sophomore Dan Pearson and freshman Riley Flanders will most likely see varsity action this year, too. Though the entire team is strong as a whole, junior Clayton Lang will be one to watch out for. He is unquestionably the team's most valuable runner and has set an example for the others with hard work and a good attitude. If the team follows his example, they will surely have a successful season.

"Hopefully, we will be able to start the season as strong as we did last year, and continue that momentum throughout the season. I believe we have an outstanding group of young men who will hopefully reach their potential for conference and section championships," said Coach Darrel Carstens. He believes the difficult section this year will be an excellent challenge for the team.

The action began yesterday (Tuesday, Aug. 31) at Morris.

The Dawgs are fired up!

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