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Cross Country keeps the pace

Cross Country keeps the pace

Tenzin Gyaldatsang and Ella Hammerstrand

October 25, 2017

A scorching and dusty day was unable to stop the cross country team’s success, according to senior varsity runner Tommy Guddal. “It was a hot and dry day but overall we did pretty well,” Guddal said. “We were hoping for a little more, but we had problems with injuries and it was a very tou...

Cross country prepares for Sections

Cross country prepares for Sections

Tenzin Gyaldatsang and Ella Hammerstrand

October 25, 2017

As the Sections meet continues to approach, cross country runners begin to slow down the pace of practice, according to assistant coach Kelson Mackenzie. “So we do what’s called a taper, which is where we do some really fast runs but we keep the recovery very long” Mackenzie said. Accordin...

Girls’ varsity cross country beats Benilde

Girls’ varsity cross country beats Benilde

Tenzin Gyaldatsang and Ella Hammerstrand

October 18, 2017

As senior Collin Perkins reflects on the cross country meet against Benilde Oct. 10, he said the team's performance in Mankato was a highlight of the season. “(The cross country team) did so great. For sure a lot of people on the team got personal records,” Perkins said. “Everyone just came ...

Cross Country participates in Midwest competition

Cross Country participates in Midwest competition

Tenzin Gyaldatsang, Leila Ray, and Ella Hammerstrand

October 4, 2017

Although the weather was humid and many runners were sick, cross country team member sophomore Nebyu Bekele said he thought the team performed well at the Roy Griak Invitational Sept. 23. Senior Abati Dedefo placed 3rd out of 499 runners, according to gophersports.com. According to gophersports.c...

Senior takes on leadership role

Senior takes on leadership role

Esther Gendler

September 29, 2017

After Senior Collin Perkins came up short of votes for becoming a cross country captain last year, he was surprised to find out he was going to become a captain anyways. “Unfortunately, I didn’t receive enough votes. But later on our head coach, Chris Nordstrom, felt that the boys team did not have...

Athletic department hires new cross country coach

Athletic department hires new cross country coach

Annabella Strathman

February 13, 2017

The athletic department announced that middle school Grade Level Coordinator (GLC), behavioral specialist and Park grad Chris Nordstrom will be the head coach for next year’s cross country teams. Nordstrom said he has loved the sport since he started running while a student at Park. “I start...

Oriole runners prepare for season

Oriole runners prepare for season

William Phelan

September 20, 2016

As the cross country season begins, head coach Chris Nordstrom is excited to see the runners compete in races. According to Nordstrom, training schedules vary depending on which meets they are preparing for. “The training always starts off toughest to start the season. We focus more on quantity compared to q...

Runners complete final laps

Runners complete final laps

Sam Crary

November 8, 2015

Sophomore runner Megan Perkins trudged through the finish line at the cross country sections race as the sleet cascaded down. According to Perkins, the team performed well at the race despite poor weather, demonstrating that they are competitors to the other teams. “Considering that it was slee...

Running on Endurance

Running on Endurance

Noa Raasch

August 29, 2013

Cross country makes strides over the summer towards defeating competitor Totino Grace for conference champions. In the 2012 season, Park kept an even pace, with their wins ranging from first place to fifth or sixth place almost all season. They finished the season with an overall third place in the...

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