As the new school year kicks off, Girard High School’s Cross Country teams are lacing up their running shoes and getting ready for another thrilling season. Led by Head Coach Matt Logue, who boasts an impressive 30 years of experience, both the boys and girls teams are aiming high in the CNC league.

Recap of 2022 Success

Last year, the boys’ team showcased their prowess by clinching the 1st place in the CNC league, an impressive 2nd at the 3A regional in Fredonia, and a commendable 5th at the 3A state championship. On the other side, the girls’ team secured the 3rd spot in the CNC league, displaying their determination and talent.

Transitioning from 2022: Key Losses and Returning Veterans

While celebrating last year’s successes, the teams bid farewell to some key players who graduated. Among them, Tanner Ulbirch stood out with a stellar performance, clinching 1st in the CNC league, 2nd in Regionals, and 16th at the 3a state championship. Gavin Doubrava also left a mark by achieving 2nd in the CNC league, 8th in Regionals, and 19th at the state level.

However, the teams are not short on experience, with 5 returning lettermen for the boys and 2 for the girls. Notable returners include Houston McGown, who secured 3rd in CNC, 9th in Regionals, and 29th in the state championship. Seth Wilson also displayed his talent by achieving 5th in CNC, 21st in Regionals, and 70th in the state. Mason Adolph, a consistent performer, came in 9th in CNC and 35th in Regionals. Among the girls, Claire Stevens, despite an injury in CNC, showed her prowess by securing 1st in the CNC 800m and 1600m events during track season. Kaylen Macatee also demonstrated her potential with a strong performance.

Welcoming New Talent

Excitement brews as fresh faces join the teams this year. In the boys’ team, Gabe Onelio, a transfer from Ark City, joins the ranks alongside promising freshmen Gavin Jackman and Harrison Burk. The girls’ team gains strength from Natalia Onelio, another transfer from Ark City, and talented freshmen Kennedy Keller and Augi Mooningham.

Anticipating the 2023 Season

As the season kicks off, early predictions hint at a bright future for both teams. With a strong lineup, the boys’ team eyes the league title and aims for a top 5 finish at the state championship, provided they stay injury-free. The girls’ team, having shown remarkable improvement, sets its sights on the league title and a place at the state meet, but they’re determined to bolster their roster with a strong fifth runner.

Celebrating Alumni Success

The Girard High School Cross Country program continues to produce impressive athletes. Notable alumni include Cormick Logue, who now represents South Dakota State, and Johanna Walker, making waves at McPherson College.

As the 2023 season unfolds, keep an eye on Girard High School’s Cross Country teams as they dash towards new triumphs and championships. Stay updated with their journey on the school’s Facebook page and join us in cheering for these remarkable young athletes.