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The student news site of Atlantic High School


The student news site of Atlantic High School


The 2023 cross country seniors line up at the last meet of the season. The team consisted of 18 seniors, most of whom participated in cross country for all four years.

Completed Season, Completed Goals

Alyssa Neal, AHS Needle Senior Editor November 27, 2023

Cross country has come to an end for the 2023 season, runners have wrapped up their goals and taken off their shoes. Goals are a major factor in the result of a sport, and many runners had expectations...

The first grade kids line up in preparation for the starting whistle.

Trot For Turkeys!

Claire Pellett, AHS Needle Lead Editor November 23, 2023

It's the Wednesday before Thanksgiving which means all of the elementary students ran in pursuit of the grand prize: a turkey and bragging rights for the coming year. The race is split by grade level...

Cross Country Mentality

Cross Country Mentality

Sophie Johnson, Staff Writer October 24, 2023

As the fall season is nearing its end and cross-country runners are getting ready for the state meet, have you ever wondered what it mentally takes to be a cross-country runner?  Each and every runner...

Bennett Whetstone and Claire Pellett show their awards for qualifying for the State Cross Country Meet. They will run Oct. 28 in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

State Bound for the Senior Pair

Anna Potts, Editor October 23, 2023

On Oct. 18, 2023, a new opportunity was paved for high school cross-country runners across Iowa. The Class 3A State Qualifying Meet was held in Winterset, Iowa for the Atlantic Trojans. This season, AHS...

RACE READY - The girls cross country team huddles around each other before the start of the race. There were record numbers of girls out for the team this year.

New Season, New Goals

Alyssa Neal, AHS Needle Senior Editor September 4, 2023

As the school year begins, sports become a very important part of each and every day for many of our students. Cross country is one of the most challenging sports, both mentally and physically. It takes...

Eye of the Needle 4.23

May 11, 2023

In this episode we have our new intro, go to musical practice, the cross country meet, the middle school to look at the therapy dog, and take a look at BeReal.

The cross country team celebrates a successful practice.
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Cross Country

Elizabeth Anderson September 16, 2021

“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...

Freshman Claire Pellett runs hard at a meet earlier this season. Pellett has run varsity all season.

Third Place for Trojan XC

Molly McFadden, Editor October 19, 2020

The Atlantic Trojan cross country teams competed at the Hawkeye-10 meet on Thursday, Oct. 15. At the meet held in Denison, both the girls and boys varsity teams placed third. Senior Craig Alan Becker was...

Freshman Faith Altman rushes towards the finish line at DCG. Altman placed 46 with a time of 25:00.9 in Pella.

Trojan XC Takes to Pella

Molly McFadden, Editor September 21, 2020

Cross country teams traveled to Central College to compete in the 15th Heartland Classic on Saturday, Sept. 19. The Trojans left Pella with a third place finish for the boys and a sixth place finish for...

Senior Ethan Williams races to the finish line. Williams is one of seven varsity runners on the boys team.

Starting the Season

Molly McFadden, Editor September 1, 2020

Trojan runners kicked off their season with a meet in Glenwood. Both teams placed 4th with a score of 94 each. Winning the team competition for girls was Harlan and boys was Urbandale. In the individual...

Time for Trojan Time Trials

Time for Trojan Time Trials

Dani Mathisen, Editor August 28, 2020

The girls cross country team comforts one another after earning fourth place at districts. Atlantic was 17 points behind the third place team, ADM.

Looking Back on Girls Cross Country

Taylor McCreedy, Staff Writer November 7, 2019

Football coach Lou Holtz once said, “Everyone goes through adversity in life, but what matters is how you learn from it.” This quote could easily describe the successes, disappointments, and perseverance...

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