2018 Results: Girls finished sixth in GRC (10th in section 5A meet); Boys Finished 8th in GRC (17th in section 5A meet).
The Milaca Wolves cross country team will be going into the season with many new faces on both sides of the team. Even with the loss of several varsity runners, the goal will remain simple for head coach Dave Dillan.
Dillan, who is entering in his seventh year as head coach of the Milaca cross country team, just wants to improve every day.
“Our goal as a team that we talk about is to get a little better every day. We try not to look towards October when the conference and section meets take place, which we of course want to be competitive in.” said Dillan. “We just want to keep it simple for now, just get better today than we were yesterday and hopefully that will build on itself and hopefully that will take us to where we want to be.”
In what will be a highly competitive section, making that improvement every single day could provide huge dividends by the end of the year.
On the girl’s side of the team, there will be a couple new faces in the mix after graduating a couple of standout seniors such as Bethany TenHaken, who now runs collegiately for Dordt College.
“We will be really young for our girls’ team. They will really need to grow together as the season goes on,” said Dillan.
The boys team will have new faces as well, but looks ready to compete with newcomers filling in.
The team will be running 32 kids in the early parts of the season with more joining once school starts as transportation for junior high students will become available.
Leading the way for improvement for those 32 on the roster will be captains senior Mason Voshell, who will be touted as one of the top runners in the area, and junior, Brittany Hansen, who is coming off of a strong season last year. Voshell is captain of the boys’ squad, while Hansen is captain of the girls’ team.
Both captains have high hopes entering the season, as improvement is the end goal. “I think we will be better,” said Voshell. “We have more guys that will be able to step in and help us at conference and sections.” Both Voshell and Hansen aim to make a trip to the State Cross Country Meet in Northfield.
Looking ahead on the schedule, Milaca will once again host its Mega Meet on Saturday, Sep. 21, with teams from all over the state coming to participate in the Minnesota High School cross country expo.
Milaca hosted its Early Bird meet on Aug. 26, looking to get the season off to a strong start.