CROSS COUNTRY FOOTNOTES
By Coach John Entwisle
The Hot Springs cross country team participated at the Belle Fourche Invitational meet last Thursday. This meet in particular is a very good meet, as not only do most of the BHC schools run, but there are areas B schools and a team from Bowman, N.D., to round out the meet line-up.
The JV races were the first of the day with Jinthe Umbach and Jewel Brown getting the running started for Hot Springs. Jewel led the way with a 10th place finish (27:36), and Jinthe finished in the 21st position in a time of 31:35. Jewel ran a very competitive race, going out with the lead group and then maintaining that position throughout the race. Despite falling twice over the second loop, she still had that strong competitive spirit to finish the race strongly. Jewel definitely has that predator instinct which will serve her well in a bid for a state run.
Weston Watson and John Lane were next up, but unfortunately for Weston, he ended up with a minor injury before the race began. John finished his race in the 18th place (23:57). John ran a good race; he looked very strong over the 5000m course. John ran with a little more aggressiveness today and he will need that at the end of the season.
Adam Consoer (2th, 20:55) and Colton Koupal (46th, 22:53) participated in the varsity race. Probably not their best races and we should expect to see them have a better meet this week when we travel to Custer. I can say that Adam ran strong for most of the race as he has been dealing with a sore knee issue.
Carlie DeBoer was our last runner of the day as she was involved with the middle school girls race. She and 120 other middle school girls are not separated by division. Carlie finished in the 24th spot in a time of 14:52 over the 3000m course. Carlie is a good runner with a ton of upside, but needs to have a stronger start; that will come with a little more experience.
I hope that each of the athletes can learn a little from this race, as there are a few corrections each need to make. The changes are small but most important, as we have mentioned before, if you do not make the little corrections such as; arm position, foot step, you cannot achieve the loftier goals we all set for ourselves. They are a smart group of kids and I am sure that each will make the effort to get better as the season rolls along.
Final note: Coach Hayes and Coach Z and I traveled to Chadron this past Saturday to witness Tristian Old Horse run for the Chadron State Eagles. Tristian looked good over a very challenging Chadron course. One of the perks from coaching high school is that every so often you get to see one of your former runners participate at a higher level, and understand just how much of an influence these runners have had on me. I am very thankful for this position I have here in Hot Springs.
Jason Gross/Black Hills Pioneer
Hot Springs junior Adam Consoer competes last week during the Belle Fourche Invitational, where he would go on to place second in the varsity race with a time of 20:55.