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XC Success

posted Oct 24, 2018, 5:37 PM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Nov 19, 2018, 11:58 AM ]

By Sarah Levesque

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This year’s cross country season ended recently, and not without success. Unlike other team sports, cross country is scored by each individual’s score, then by the team’s overall score; the lower the time, the better. Low times earn the team points, and those points help the team’s advance and place when compared to other teams from other schools.

This season seems to have been fraught with challenges, but nevertheless, Waterville pulled through. They sent two runners, Kali Thompson and Zack McAllister, on to states, who both placed within the top 30 for regionals. Assistant Coach Ted Brown explained that the boys’ team took a serious hit between injuries and ineligibility, but that the girls’ team did well with their strongest showing being at KVACs where they were placed 4th out of 11 teams in Class B. “While we will miss our seniors Ella Ruehsen, Arianna Znajmiecka, Merline Feero (Capt.), and Gwinna Remillard (Capt.), the future looks solid with 5 returning underclassmen led by Kali Thompson '21”, says Coach Brown. In addition to these four senior girls, the XC Team bids goodbye to senior boys Nicholas Dall and Zackary McAllister. He encourages both girls and boys who may be interested in running to contact him or Dan Gaunce, one of the returning captains.

When asked about her season, team member Annmarie Limberger said, “I had never run for more than half a mile at a time. It was hard work, I'm not going to lie, but I think all of the pain and hard work is overridden by the fun aspects, like team dinners, fundraisers, and the high before and after races.” Another team member, Hazel Dow puts her feelings into words brilliantly in this quote via email, “Running is something that clears my head. Running has taught me a lot about coping with pain, overcoming obstacles, and achieving success. Even if you're not the fastest runner in the world, the team accepts you and welcomes you in with open arms.”

Congratulations to both the Girls and Boys Cross Country Teams.  We look forward to following them again next fall.