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Breitsprecher competes at State

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On Saturday, October 28th, Patrick Breitsprecher competed in a Southeast Valley cross country uniform for the final time at the state cross country meet.  Given the perfect weather conditions at Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge, Patrick ran 17:54 to finish 66th place overall.      Patrick competed at the state meet all four years.  His freshman year, the first year of whole grade sharing, Patrick qualified as part of the first Southeast Valley team to make it to state.  His sophomore year Patrick qualified as an individual while the team once again made it to state. Patrick’s junior year was his best finish at the state meet when he finished 27th overall in a time of 17:22.  

    Breitsprecher’s career stats leave quite a legacy in the school record books.  Patrick holds the 2nd fastest time overall in school history.  He also holds the 2nd fastest time by a senior, junior, and sophomore and the top time ran by a freshman.  Breitsprecher was also a three time Twin Lakes Conference medalist.  He also ranks second in most career medals.

    “It’s been an honor to have coached Patrick the last four years.  His competitiveness and pure guts running was always fun to watch.  I was also proud of the leader Patrick became over his four years on the team and his sportsmanship with his teammates and other athletes,” stated Coach Nuss

    Patrick will run one more cross country meet on Saturday, November 4th at the senior all-star cross country meet in Ankeny.

    Patrick is one of five seniors the cross country program will lose from the this year.  Leslie Housken, Tessa Berg, Kyle Baird and Daniel Johnson were the other seniors on the team.  Coach Nuss on this years’ seniors, “This was a great group of seniors.  They knew how to have fun, but they also knew when it was time to get to work.  The seniors this year never gave me anything but their best and you could see that every day when they came to practice.  Another group of seniors that will be missed next year, but I can’t wait to follow them as they get older to see what each one accomplishes.”

    While this group of seniors will not be back next year, the program is in good hands with an abundance of juniors with a lot of experience will step up and fill that void.  For the most part, 6 of the varsity runners on both the boys and girls’ teams will return next year.  “Next year will be here before we know it.  The underclassmen have been challenged to put in the needed time and effort in the off season to return to state next year and I believe they are up for the challenge,” state Coach Nuss.  “As always, I’m pretty excited to see what next year holds.”

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