Posted 10/07/14 (Tue)
By Neal A. Shipman
With the cross country season rapidly drawing to a close, Greg Brown, Wolves’ head coach, is feeling cautiously optimistic. At least he is as optimistic as he can be after losing Asha Smith, his No. 1 girl runner, for the season due to a nagging injury.
“Asha and I talked and agreed that it would be best for her to drop out of competition for the remainder of the cross country season and get healthy for track,” stated Brown.
But it is a loss that Brown would rather not have had since he is already running short of runners to fill his girls team as Watford City prepares for the State Meet in Minot on Oct. 18.
But even with the loss of Smith, Brown is looking forward to seeing how the boys and girls teams will stack up this Saturday as Watford City hosts the Region Cross Country Meet at the Fox Hills Golf Course.
“We had a good showing from the girls and boys at Minot on Saturday,” stated Brown. “The boys team ended up in eighth place, and the girls ran well individually.”
At the Minot Meet, Raehs Puetz paced the boys squad with an 11th place finish in 17:52.65, while Michael Brown came in 40th in a time of 19:25.78.
Also placing for the Watford boys in the varsity division was Devin Schmitz, 66th, 20:18.88; Osman Leon, 67th, 20:22.11; Dakota Garmann, 69th, 20:23.14; Jack Gillispey, 81st, 20:58.51; Hunter DeFoe, 92nd, 21:25.90; Cauy Hartel, 130th, 23:31.45; and Trevor Alveshere, 133rd, 23:39.89.
In the girls varsity division, Kara Langerud took 52nd with a time of 18:03.13, followed by Addison Sundeen, 75th, 18:40.32; and Chelsea Cryer, 130th, 20:48.39.
In the junior high girls, Fabiola Lee-Morales took 105th with a time of 18:40.96.
“I do believe our runners had a lot left in the tank at the Minot Meet that we can use at the State Meet,” stated Brown. “I am still hoping for big things to happen at the State Meet.”