Cross country team boasts diverse talent


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The girls cross country works on their cores by doing planks after a recent practice.

The BSM Cross Country has had an above average season thus far, with both the boys’ and girls’ teams performing well in all of the races that they have had this year. “We’ve performed really well this year,” Matt Paal, one of the captains of the boys team, said.  “It’s been a really impressive season so far.  The varsity team took first at Marshfield this year, which is a big accomplishment for them.”

Backed by head coach Mr. Mark Snell and assistant coach Mr. Tanner Stevens, the team is attempting to continue their hot streak.  Although the team lost five members, they’ve picked up over a dozen new runners who show promise for the coming years. “Greg Ramel’s become probably our third best runner this year, and he’s just a sophomore,” Paal said.  He joins Matt Lynch, Matt Paal, Jack Boase, James Libbey, and Jamison Schuch as the top runners on the varsity squad.

With the rest of the team showing promise as well, Paal hopes that the team will continue to perform well, and they currently stand seventh in the Metro West Conference.  “Our goals for this season are to do well in our conference and perform well at the rest of our races.  We’ve been performing better and better as the season goes on, so I think we’re going to end up doing great,” Paal said.

Meanwhile, the girls team has also been performing well.  “Everyone on the team is right on par at the varsity line, so it’s been a great season to compete,” Lilly Johnson, one of the girls captains, said.  Backed by runners Mae Fullerton and Tracy Renier, the team has made a strong push this year, despite losing thirteen runners.

With the help of head coaches Mr. Casey Hansen and Mr. Jim Wander, the team hopes to win some of their races this year.  The team still has a race in Mankato and some conference races left on the regular season schedule.  “We could have won Marshfield, but we were missing some of our senior varsity runners,” Johnson said.

With both teams doing so well, the future looks bright for the BSM Cross Country program.  The noteworthy first place finishes and talent, both young and old, means that the cross country team looks poised to continue their winning ways.