Coming off of a successful year in Cross Country, LCHS runners aren’t looking to slow down anytime soon.The women’s team of nine scored a 13th place finish at their recent “Smiley Invite,” led by Sophomore Lindsey Grams who took second place in the event. “Both the Men’s and Women’s teams have been working hard since June. Many of the runners on both teams are very young,” said Rudy Botz, head coach for LCHS’s Cross Country teams. This shows as sophomores Connor Christopherson, Noah Mueller, Sam Hietpas, and Matthew Sanderfoot compete for the varsity level for the boy’s team. Also the Girl’s team has young talent, with freshmen Elisha Wilson, as well as sophomores Lindsey Grams and Annie Flaherty competing at the varsity level.
“We have a pretty strong team, but there is always room for improvement,” said Lindsie Devalk, senior for the cross country team. Coach Botz continues, “Both the Men’s and Women’s teams have been working on running for each other and realizing that they’re competing as a unit rather than by themselves.” It shows as you can see the team working together to improve. “I’m super proud of how far we’ve come as a team. Not even just running, like at the beginning of the year. We didn’t all know each other that well, but now we’re all really good friends and we have a lot of fun with whatever we’re doing,” said senior Laura Hietpas. “The cool thing about running is that literally every time you do it you get better.”
As the cross country season begins to wrap up, Coach Botz stresses the importance to work as a team to succeed in conference competition and beyond. “Working together and running as a team in cross country is vital. In cross country, the top 5 runners score points for the team. It takes a collective effort from each runner to score the least amount of points. The runner in the front is hurting just as bad as the runner in the back, and all the runners need to realize that they have a responsibility to their teammates to give everything they have in every race.”Watch for Little Chute as they make a “run” for state when they compete in Sectionals at Two
Rivers on Saturday, October 22nd, followed by the state competition at Ridges on Saturday, October