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Contributed photoAmber Poniktera, Georgia Wiswesser, Vince Gallagher and Own Nahf pose at the state cross country meet this past weekend. Contributed photoAmber Poniktera, Georgia Wiswesser, Vince Gallagher and Own Nahf pose at the state cross country meet this past weekend.
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Harriers perform well, future bright

Thursday, November 7, 2019 by Scott Pagel spagel@tnonline.com in Sports

Four K-Kids qualified for the state cross country meet held this past weekend.

For junior Georgia Wiswesser, is was her third trip to the meet and head coach Dan Benner said she got better each time.

“I thought the kids ran well,” said Benner. “It is always a challenge racing some of the best runners in the state, but the kids performed well.

“This was Georgia’s third time at states and she has gotten faster each time. She ran a 21:11 as a freshman, 20:50 as a sophomore, and now 20:25 as a junior.”

Vince Gallagher, Owen Nahf, and Amber Poniktera were all competing at states for the first time.

“It was definitely exciting to have them racing out there,” Benner said.

Nahf and Poniktera are also juniors so Benner hopes for them it’s a stepping stone for next season.

“This was a learning experience and hopefully they can use this to build for even more success next year,” Benner said.

For Gallagher, a senior, Benner said he ran the exact same time at states as he did at districts, a 17:22, which was one of the goals heading into states because it is a more challenging course.

“Overall, it is always a fun experience,” Benner said. “It serves as a reward for all the hard work that was put forth during the season. The fact that three out of the four runners who made states are back next year is exciting.”

The cross country teams have their banquet on Thursday, Nov. 7, to officially end their season.