Miller Earns All-State Honors
In a sport that defies the norm of instant gratification, the bulldog cross country team finally harvested the fruits of 12 grueling weeks of training. Those fruits were plentiful as 16 of the 20 runners at the state meet ran season best times.
The boys team, led by a 13th place finish from Brian Miller, once again brought home hardware in the form of a fifth place finish. Miller’s placing earned him All-State honors for the second time in his young career. Behind Brian, Andrew Miller wrapped up his career with a 26th place finish. From then on, the youth movement was served. Sophomore Camden Wokal finished in 32nd, Freshman Samuel Rodakowski in 63rd and Junior Ethan Fischer rounded out the scoring in 77th. Pushing those runners through the 5000m (3.1 mile) course was seventh graders Austin Wanner (81st) and Caleb Sarsland (152nd). Also competing for the bulldogs were Noah Wokal, Dillon Eagon, and Levi Kelly. The team finish marks 5 straight years of the state places for the bulldogs. “It is great that we have developed that expectation. Our kids work extremely hard for the hopes of a state place.” Explained Coach Jonathan Jahner. The bulldogs will look to continue that trend as they only lose two boys off this seasons squad. Jahner continued, “We are happy where we are at, but we are always looking for more depth. It takes a special type of kid to compete in this sport, and we are blessed to have had 16 of them this year.”
On the girls side, a season of ups and downs culminated in a 13th place finish at Bjornson Golf Course in Valley City. The girls team was led by the familiar one-two punch of Alexius Miller (27th), and Abigail Bartholomay (32nd). Following them, seventh grader Paysha Rex placed 73rd, while Vanessa Fischer (128th), and Meggie Fischer (161st) rounded out the scoring. Behind them a pack of Dawgs finished as Jocelyn Kulseth, Becki Fuchs, and McKaylee Kalstrom crossed in 182nd, 183rd, and 185th respectfully. Brenna Wokal and Michaela Fischer closed out the competitors for the bulldogs. As the bulldogs reflect on the season, and look ahead to 2018, they will bring back a solid nucleus, and have to fill the holes left by Seniors Wokal and Meggie Fischer. “It is promising to know that we return the majority of the girls team who are determined and driven to improve on this years’ place next year.” Explains Coach Dakota Hayes.
Full results of the state meet can be found at, www.ndhsaanow.com/news/1268/ndhsaa-state-cross-country-meet