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Cross Country

Runners are excited to race to success.

September 16, 2021

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Dan Vargason

The cross country team celebrates a successful practice. (Photo illustration)

“Exciting,” is how cross country coach Dan Vargason would explain this season. “We’re finally back from all the Covid protocols, we can just go out and run, fans are at the meets, new kids, kids that are passionate about the sport, that’s fun.” The team has gone to 3 meets. Shenandoah, where the boys’ team won and the girls’ team got runner up. Then they ran in Clarinda. The boys’ team won again and the girls’ team was runner up. They also ran at Glenwood, the boys’ team got 6th and the girls got third. Vargason said, “Not just the results but the kids are working hard and starting to get used to the way things are.” 

To get ready for the season, the team ran in the summer and filed out a running log, lifted weights, went to a camp in Norwalk, worked out with the National Guard, and hit the first two weeks off running.

Vargason’s main goal for this season is to focus on “not just the running but are the kids becoming respectable people with good character. Our expectation is that everyone understands how the program works and we’re kind of a family, that we’re respectable, we clean up, we do all those little things, we’re detail-oriented.” 

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