by Paul Attema
The XC team ended the season by sending one runner to state on Saturday, October 29. Senior Grant Dunsbergen placed 15th with a time of 17:00.04. “The State meet was great. The weather was beautiful, lots of people came out to support, and the course was pretty easy,” said Dunsbergen.
Coach Jocelyn Meinders was also excited by this finish to the season. “He has been a great team leader and used the talents God has given him to the best of his abilities for a very accomplished season!” said Meinders.
In addition to their performance at state, the cross country runners experienced other season highlights. At the Chariton meet, the varsity boys took home first place. “Chariton was my favorite meet. We won as a team and just had a lot of fun,” said Dunsbergen.
Although there were some positives, the team also had to overcome some struggles. At a majority of the meets, the girls varsity team did not have enough runners to be considered a team. In addition to this inconvenience, the team was being pushed to get better every practice. “The hardest part of cross country was the dedication it required to train and keep in shape all the time,” said senior Jake Altena.
This season has been a success, but now Meinders looks forward to next year. “Leadership has grown and developed as well as an awareness of how much of a team sport cross country is – not just in team score, but also in how we pull each other to succeed and get better,” she said.