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Cross country aims for state title

Carrie Moore
Published: Thursday, August 29th, 2013

If the Custer High School cross county team wants to be at the same level it was last year, members will need to work hard and stay injury-free.
Last year, the boys team placed second at the state meet while the girls placed third. In order to keep that up, the athletes will need to work hard, but be cautious and smart about suspected injuries.
“In running, there is a fine line between pushing hard and pushing too hard,” said Karen Karim, head coach. “My boys — Logan Burns, Brennan Witt, Patrick Witt, Shane Herman and Matt Dvorak — all ran many miles this summer in preparation for the season. With Israel Parsons back after a one-year hiatus, they know their chances to do well as a team are good. But as we have seen in the past, it can all be over in a moment with a stress fracture or any other unlucky injury. We can’t afford to lose anyone.”
For the girls team, they will need to run with confidence, believe in themselves and watch their improvement.
“We added into the mix this year freshman Juliann Thomsen and we have some seventh and eighth grade girls who should be factors over the coming weeks,” Karim said.
In order to be successful, the boys will need to work together and run as a team.
“They are by far the most experienced group of boys I have worked with and they all come into the season with hard work under their belts and high expectations for themselves,” Karim said.
The boys team has been the state runner-up the past two years. Four of the top six runners are seniors this year.
“This is their last chance to bring home a state title,” Karim said. “Barring injury and illness, that goal is definitely achievable.”
Karim said the team’s success will also bring individual success.

If the Custer High School cross county team wants to be at the same level it was last year, members will need to work hard and stay injury-free.

Last year, the boys team placed second at the state meet while the girls placed third. In order to keep that up, the athletes will need to work hard, but be cautious and smart about suspected injuries.

“In running, there is a fine line between pushing hard and pushing too hard,” said Karen Karim, head coach. “My boys — Logan Burns, Brennan Witt, Patrick Witt, Shane Herman and Matt Dvorak — all ran many miles this summer in preparation for the season. With Israel Parsons back after a one-year hiatus, they know their chances to do well as a team are good. But as we have seen in the past, it can all be over in a moment with a stress fracture or any other unlucky injury. We can’t afford to lose anyone.”

For the girls team, they will need to run with confidence, believe in themselves and watch their improvement.

“We added into the mix this year freshman Juliann Thomsen and we have some seventh and eighth grade girls who should be factors over the coming weeks,” Karim said.

In order to be successful, the boys will need to work together and run as a team.

“They are by far the most experienced group of boys I have worked with and they all come into the season with hard work under their belts and high expectations for themselves,” Karim said.

The boys team has been the state runner-up the past two years. Four of the top six runners are seniors this year.

“This is their last chance to bring home a state title,” Karim said. “Barring injury and illness, that goal is definitely achievable.”

Karim said the team’s success will also bring individual success.

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