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Last Tuesday the cross country team hosted its own meet and with the weather being very cooperative every member of the squad made some very noticeable improvements over a one week period. This was a really good meet for us on our home course as this will be the place to qualify for the state meet this year.

Leading the race for Hot Springs was Adam Conseor, (4th 19:06), Adam knocked off twenty two seconds from his Custer run and is flirting with breaking the 19:00 minute barrier. He has really come on over the last three weeks with some very good-form running. Now it looks like he is not working very hard during his races; so much smoother than he has ever been before during this and his previous three seasons.

Not to be out done Colton Kopual, (16th, 20:29) reduced his time by over a minute from his last race. Colton’s race today was very strong as his form and strength continues to improve. The improved racing is a result of determination to compete within, we do not have the numbers that other teams have so we run against ourselves. If you cannot beat yourself how are you going to finish ahead of anyone else.

John Lane, (10th, 21:27) and Weston Watson, (19th, 22:36) also reduced their previous times. John looked very good, as did Weston, both needed to improve their form and mental toughness as well and we got both accomplished today. Both boys competed in the JV division, improving their chances to break into the varsity division in the upcoming weeks.

Jewel Brown, (3rd, 24:52) and Jinthe Umbach, (14th, 27:54) competed in the girls JV race and just as their teammates before them, showed good improvements. Jewel finally cracked the twenty five minute barrier as she continues to push for a spot on the varsity.

Finally, Carlie DeBoer ran a very competitive race, taking first in the middle school girls division. We did not get the official time for this race. Carlie got out to an aggressive start and cruised through the course overtaking two other girls halfway through the race to finish in the top spot.

Overall all these runners ran their best of the season to this point and with their ability to make more minor adjustments will keep improving as the region meet approaches. We have one regular season meet left before we head to the BHC meet in Custer. With the region meet here in Hot Springs this year it should be to our advantage to give it our very best effort, and with any luck some of you will be out there to watch these athletes represent Hot Springs in the very best manner.

Last week I was writing about pride and this week will be no different as it is time to re-paint the honor signs at out three entrances to the city, especially the one up on the bypass. We also need to be a little more observant as that board does not contain the 2005 boys cross country state title. A little reminder; what a comeback the football team had last Friday night, exciting game, but pride goes beyond that for the people watching. It is not just the teams we cheer for, we need to take pride in the appearance of stadium, it dose not take much effort to throw away your garbage at football games, keep Hot Springs clean should mean all of Hot Springs.

Okay, so now that it is getting close to the end of the season I want to say that our cross team does not have the most talent compared to other school but this group just does not give up. I would hope that we have a few more spectators for the region meet on Oct., 11th and yes I know it is during the middle of the day. This group really deserves some recognition because of the effort that each kid puts into the practices and the meets. They do represent the school and the town in the best possible way.

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