Cross country races to conference and beyond

Olivia Napadensky, Reporter

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For the ninth year in a row the girls varsity cross country team has defended their Badger North conference title.

At the Conference Meet on October 19 the girls took first, with a total of 54 points. The boys collected 64 points; however, they placed 2nd behind Sauk Prairie. 

The cross country team has been on their A game for all 9 meets, challenges, and invites. Their recipe for success is simple. “We are a committed team and always put in maximum effort,” said senior Emma Bertz.

It also doesn’t hurt that the team is a close-knit family and always shows maximum support to whoever is racing that day. 

In the WIAA State Cross Country Sectionals on October 26 the girls placed 5th and the boys finished in 11th place. 

Bertz qualified individually for the State Meet on November 2 for her second year in a row. Held on Saturday, November 2nd, Bertz ran a 19:28:8, a season best, and placed 34th. Bertz has always had a love for running and said “running has always been apart of me and a constant in my life.”