Cross Country honors top runners

by Sally Krutzig
It is always sad when something comes to an end. On Monday, November 1, the Maple Lake High School cross country team brought their season to a close with a final banquet. It started with a potluck of delicious food. As they ate, Coach Ben Youngs started out the evening with the first speech. 
“I always wish I could talk about each kid for ten minutes,” said Youngs. 
He said goodbye to the seniors, congratulated the team on all their hard work, and especially stressed the boys' improvement. Youngs also discussed some of the season's highlights.The boys team had a 70-51 record, meaning they finished ahead of 70 teams throughout the season and behind 51 teams. The girls had a similiar overall record at 74-49.  After that, Rick Thomas talked in place of Athletics Director Dave Schraeder. 
Awards were then handed out to all the exceptional athletes who had proven their dedication this year. The first awards given out were the 100 Mile Club winners, who ran at least 100 miles over the summer. Those winners were: Greg Dorow, Ben Thiele, Hannah Haegele, Kayla Hoistad, Alyssa Redemske, Kristin Wohlrabe, and Maria Stokman. 
The sole winner of the 300 Mile Club award was Michael Thomas.
Mollie Graham, Skylar Manka, Andrew Schonessen, and Devin Deringer were honored in the Won Races category. 
For the Vastly Improved award, Nick Feikema, Greg Dorow, Danny Becker, Sullivan Graham, Ben Thiele, Hannah Klug, Anna Thiele, and Kayla Hoisted, were honored. 
The winners of Most Improved, the boy and girl who showed the most progress, were Michael Thomas and Mollie Graham. 
On a team, there is always that one person who goes above and beyond the call of duty, these people were presented as Hardest Worker. Evan Hertwig and Alexa Gorres received that title this year. 
What team could make it without their Most Valuable Runners, Greg Dorow and Kristin Wohlrabe? Their value was also seen in conference, since Dorow and Wohlrabe also won All-Conference. 
Another award, All-Conference H.M, was presented to Ben Thiele, Mollie Graham, and Hannah Haegele.
Of course, Greg Dorow also made his team proud when he was named  CMC Athlete of the Week. 
Finally, the prizes finished off with the Senior Award, that honored the students who will not be coming back next year. Those seniors were Kristin Wohlrabe, Alyssa Redemske, and Hilde Hallgrimsen. 
“Even though it was only my second year, I definitely made a ton of memories and will miss my teammates so much,” said Wohlrabe.
Coach Nikki Christiansen made the next speech, with her infamously hilarious Top Ten Cross Country moments.
Finally Hannah Haegele took the microphone, “I just wanted to say goodbye to the seniors and talk about all the funny memories we shared together.”
The evening turned out to be a very emotional one for many, ending in a flood of tears. 
“I just want my teammates to know that I wish them good luck in the years to come and make me proud by representing Maple Lake,” said senior Alyssa Redemske.
One thing all the cross country runners seemed to agree on, was that it was a season they would never forget.
It is always sad when something comes to an end. On Monday, November 1, the Maple Lake High School cross country team brought their season to a close with a final banquet. It started with a potluck of delicious food. As they ate, Coach Ben Youngs started out the evening with the first speech. 
“I always wish I could talk about each kid for ten minutes,” said Youngs. 
He said goodbye to the seniors, congratulated the team on all their hard work, and especially stressed the boys' improvement. Youngs also discussed some of the season's highlights.The boys team had a 70-51 record, meaning they finished ahead of 70 teams throughout the season and behind 51 teams. The girls had a similiar overall record at 74-49.  After that, Rick Thomas talked in place of Athletics Director Dave Schraeder. 
Awards were then handed out to all the exceptional athletes who had proven their dedication this year. The first awards given out were the 100 Mile Club winners, who ran at least 100 miles over the summer. Those winners were: Greg Dorow, Ben Thiele, Hannah Haegele, Kayla Hoistad, Alyssa Redemske, Kristin Wohlrabe, and Maria Stokman. 
The sole winner of the 300 Mile Club award was Michael Thomas.
Mollie Graham, Skylar Manka, Andrew Schonessen, and Devin Deringer were honored in the Won Races category. 
For the Vastly Improved award, Nick Feikema, Greg Dorow, Danny Becker, Sullivan Graham, Ben Thiele, Hannah Klug, Anna Thiele, and Kayla Hoisted, were honored. 
More information appears in this week's issue of the Messenger.
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