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By Mark Dykes

Cross country wraps up season on a windy day in Sheridan


October 26, 2017

Dennis Nierzwicki

McKenna Bomengen and Tahja Hunt keep ahead of the competition during a meet. The cross country season wrapped up with State last Saturday.

The Hot Springs County Cross Country team capped off its season last Saturday with a sixth place girls team finish at the State Championships in Sheridan.

Coach Stephanie Metz said the meet was on a fairly windy day, and not the conditions they wanted to run in, though they still did well and had a celebratory season.

McKenna Bomengen finished seventh with a time of 20:39. Bomengen was also selected as an All-State athlete in Cross Country by the Wyoming Coaches Association.

Tahja Hunt placed 14th with a time of 21:09, and Olivia Weyer placed 18th with 21:18. Dayna Sandberg finished 83rd with 25:49, and all the girls dropped their times significantly from last year and this year's earlier meet at Sheridan. Trinity Bowen, who joined the team for the past two meets, placed 91st with 31:49.

As for boys, Hudson Roling placed 12th with a time of 17:36.

"They ran well," Metz said of all the team. "They never quit and pushed through the wind."

Regarding the season, Metz said it was very successful, with everyone dropping times and improving, and learning from one another. She further added the more experienced runners worked with the newer team members about how to run courses, what to look for and when to pass others.

Regarding incoming middle school runners for the next season, Metz said it will be nice to have Hallie Martinez as a fifth runner for the girls team. As for the boys team, she said Karsten Hart is coming up and she hopes to find some more boys to keep a team for him to be on as well.

Both students have been running cross country since sixth grade, Metz said, so their experience and knowledge will be a great assets to have on the high school team. "They understand the sport, they understand the training and everything that has to go into it."

Leaving this year are seniors Bowen and Roling, though Metz noted that neither competed for the entire season, Bowen running for only two meets and Roling having golf as well. "The heart of our team is staying."


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