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Helias girls seeking team trophy

Helias girls seeking team trophy

November 6th, 2010 in News

The Helias Lady Crusaders haven't qualified as a team for the Class 3 cross country championships since 2006.

Today, they want to make up for lost time.

"We've got this great team unity thing going," Helias coach Mary Haskamp said as the Lady Crusaders prepared for the 9:35 a.m. race at the Oak Hills Golf Center. "We've had a great pack attack all season. We run with our teammates, we need to run together as much as possible."

That "pack attack" could bring a state trophy. The difference between the first and fifth runners this season for the Lady Crusaders has consistently been around a minute.

In winning the district title last Saturday in Mexico, the seven Helias runners finished in a group of 17 individuals.

"If we can be in that one-minute pack and finish in the top 50, we could be in the chase for a trophy," Haskamp said. "Or we could end up in the top eight teams and I would be very happy because we're so young."

The youth of the team is a wild card. Helias has just two state veterans in senior Maria Backes and sophomore Joni Reinkemeyer. Reinkemeyer finished sixth at districts, with Backes finishing 10th. A pair of freshmen - Amanda Patino and Ali Boudreau - were 12th and 13th, respectively. Sophomores Sarah Wieberg (17th) and Suzie Ahlvers (20th) and junior Jenna Oldham (22nd) round out the squad.