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OMS cross country having a great season

5:57 PM, Oct. 14, 2013  |  Comments
Oconto Middle School Cross Country team photo from Menominee Indian Eagle Invitational on Sept. 24, where over half the team received medals for being in the top 10 or ribbons for 11-20th place.
Oconto Middle School Cross Country team photo from Menominee Indian Eagle Invitational on Sept. 24, where over half the team received medals for being in the top 10 or ribbons for 11-20th place.
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The Oconto Middle School Cross Country team is having a great year so far, coach Shannon Durand says.

A record number of athletes went out for the team, she said.

There are 34 students participating, including four 8th graders, two 7th graders, 14 6th graders and 14 5th graders. Only 10 of the athletes are returning members of last year's team.

Team results of the first five meets:

Boys: Algoma, 1st; Bonduel, 7th; Pulaski, 5th; Menominee Indian, 2nd; Oconto, 3rd;

Girls team: Algoma, 1st; Bonduel, 7th; Pulaski; 6th; Menominee Indian, 3rd, Oconto, 2nd.

The boys' team is led by 8th grader Kyle Stoll, who won the Menominee Indian Eagle Invitational on Sept. 24. Kyle also earned two 3rd place finishes, a 4th place finish and a 10th place finish.

Newcomer Riley Skarda, 8th grade, is also having a great year, with two top ten finishes in the first five meets.

Fifth graders Jack Thompson and Preston Williams have been showing incredible promise, Durand said, with several top 20 finishes to each of their credits.

Sixth graders Logan Allan and Sean Durand round out the team's leader board, consistently finishing in the top half of the participants in each meet.

The girls' team is led by the lone 8th grade girl, Desirae Steier, who has finished in first place in three of the five meets she has participated in and finished third and eighth in the other two.

Joining Desirae at the top of the girls' roster are 6th graders Jenna Hornblad, Isabella Burrows, Hannah Wusterbarth and Aubree Bucheger, who are all team leaders with strong finishes at the meets.

Fifth grader Emma Walkowiak is also proving to be a successful runner, finishing 11th or better in three of the five meets.

"Every team member has been working hard and putting in many miles at practice," Durand said. "Most have already shown improvement in their times from the beginning of the season. With three meets remaining in the season, the runners are expect to see continued improvement and success."

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