A small but mighty cross country team works to improve


Photo submitted by: Moira McCarthy

Members of the Girls Varsity pose for a group photo at the Eagle Invitational meet on Sept.20. The Spartans placed 9 out of 15 total teams. “I’m really excited to see how well we run for the rest of the season,” sophomore Nora Kempainen said.

Despite being relatively young and few in numbers, the Girls Varsity Cross Country team has had a solid season so far. With 13 girls on the roster of which three are seniors, the team placed ninth out of 15th in their Eagle Invitational meet at Apple Valley High School on Sept.20. With a time of 15:57.4, senior runner Mary Naas placed an impressive 18th out of 102 runners. The Spartans ran against competitive AA schools such as Edina and Eden Prairie in the meet. “It has been a really fun season this year. I love being on the team, we all get along really well,” sophomore runner Nora Kempainen said. “Our practices are really hard, but that brings us together even more as a team.” The team’s next meet is the Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 27 at the University of Minnesota. While this is a big meet, the team is optimistic about how they will compete. “We’ve done pretty well in our meets so far, but I think a lot of us still have a lot of effort left to give. I’m really excited to see how well we run for the rest of the season,” Kempainen said.