La Crescent senior Matt Steiger got to revel in his state championship cross-country win a little bit longer last Friday when state Rep. Greg Davids, R-Preston, made a special presentation to Steiger to honor the athlete’s achievements.

Davids presented a copy of a state house resolution to Steiger at La Crescent-Hokah High School that congratulates the athelete for his performances.

“Anytime a student-athlete in district 28B wins a state championship of any kind, I’m going to get a house resolution passed on their behalf,” said Davids, who said he was an athlete in high school, and realizes how much work it takes to win a state championship. “I really admire the student-athletes that achieve that level.”

Davids was also in Caledonia last Thursday to present a house resolution to the Caledonia football team that won a state championship.

“It’s an exciting time,” said Davids, who said paying tribute to local sports stars is one of the more enjoyable parts of his job. “These kids work really hard to be at that level, and I think that deserves recognition.”

Steiger said he was humbled by Rep. Davids’ gesture.

“It’s really nice to see people outside of the running community acknowledging what we do,” said Steiger. “It was great to meet him and an honor for me.”

Steiger said he had just received his acceptance letter to Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he’ll be attending next fall. Steiger will also be running cross-country for the Vikings, and said he’s excited to contribute to a team that took eighth at nationals last season, and won their conference.

Cross-country coach Mark Abraham said he puts Steiger near the top when considering the best runners he’s coached, and thinks Steiger will be a good fit with a solid Division II squad like Augustana.

“Matt is really a student of running, along with being a very good one,” said Abraham of Steiger. “He blends the scholarly side of running with his natural ability, along with his work ethic, and that’s what puts him in the top echelon.”

Abraham said that another legendary Lancer runner, ‘94 graduate Stacy (Johnson) Hart, attended Augustana and earned NCAA Division II All-American honors 10 times while competing for the Vikings track and field and cross-country teams. Hart was inducted to the Augustana College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.

As far as his field of study, Steiger said he’s still undecided.

“I’m leaning towards the science and engineering direction, but I’m open to anything right now,” said Steiger.

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