Over the years the boys and girls cross country team has been very successful, sending many of the runners to state. The DHS Cross Country runners have been working all season to be successful in districts. Districts were this past weekend in Dexter, MO on Saturday, October 28. Coach Young had a few things to say with districts coming up.
Q: What are your expectations for Districts this week?
A: On the girls side I expect us to compete for a spot to go to state. In cross country the top two teams at Districts get to move on to the state race the following weekend and we are talented enough to be one of those teams. Festus, Herky, Potosi, and Cape Notre Dame all have great teams, but so do we. Our top three runners (Sarah-Kate Peoples, Lillie Kaempfe, and Erika Mellor) should be in contention with all of the front runners and our 4-7 runners, know as “THE PACK”, (Jewell Kohler, Savannah Meyer, Kaitlyn McGinnitey, and Carli Roberts) will be right behind them taking each available position that they can. If every one runs the race that I know that they can, we should do very well.
On the boys side I hope to improve on our position at Districts from last year. Last year we finished 5th out of 10 teams and I think that we can do even better this year. We only lost two runners off of our team from last year and all of our runners that remained have improved (Logan Sisson, Bailey McCoy, Chris Brooks, and Jared Gardner). On top of that we have had some great contributions from a couple of our new runners (Wyatt Radford, Dylan Shelton and Devin Thomeczek). It will be extremely difficult to get a team to state on the boys side. Our district is one of, if not the toughest districts in the entire state, but we have the talent to make some noise if we all run well.
Q: What has your team done to prepare for it?
A: On both sides, the girls and the boys, we have competed in every race that we have ran this year. We had a great race last week at Clayton with several new personal records. In addition to doing well in the last couple of meets that we have ran, all of these runners works extremely hard in practice. Yesterday we had an exceptional workout and we will have another one on Thursday. We also went down to the district course this past Saturday to check it out and get a feel for how the race should play out. They are all physically and mentally ready to go. I can’t wait to see how the races turn out on Saturday.