Cross country opens at home Saturday
By Jay Davis
The 2013 Tiger cross country team has some work to do if the kids are going to reach postseason goals this fall.
“We’ll see who can step up and make enough improvement to make it to state,” said coach Stephen Hettick. “We definitely have the potential to do that.”
The Lady Tigers have three runners with varsity experience in senior Mary Martin and sophomores ReAnne Kohlus and Allie Sauer. All three raced at regionals last year. Kohlus and Martin just missed qualifying, finishing 25th and 29th, respectively. Sauer was on their heels finishing 34th. The girls will be joined by eighth-grader Emma Fulkerson, who will start the season running junior high or junior varsity.
Junior Justin Nobles will try to make a big improvement as the only Tiger who competed at the varsity level last season. Nobles was middle of the pack at last year’s region, but made strides during spring track and is looking to move up to the front of the pack. He will be joined by junior Sam Weleba and freshmen Aaron and Justin Jacobs.
While the team lacks the experience of success, and just plain experience, Hettick likes what he has seen during the preseason.
“The kids have the right attitude this year,” said Hettick.
Hettick added that there are more runners on the way as four sixth-graders have come out for the team.
The Tigers and Lady Tigers open the season on Saturday with their traditional Mobridge-Pollock Invitational at Oahe Hills Golf Course on Saturday. Due to this being a rollover year for schedules, the Mobridge-Pollock meet is the same day as the Roe Granger meet in Aberdeen. The East River teams that usually come to Mobridge will be running in Aberdeen.
Scheduled to race on Saturday are Lemmon, Stanley County, Faith, Timber Lake, Wakpala, McIntosh, Bison, Rock Creek, Standing Rock, N.D., and Solen, N.D.
The rest of the regular season will have the team running in Redfield, Webster, Faulkton, Hoven, Highmore and Lemmon. The Big Dakota Conference Meet is in Chamberlain. The Central South Dakota Conference Meet is in Gettysburg.