A group of Norse team members headed for the East Coast this week to participate in the Great Meadows Cross Country Invitational, in Virginia. The event is a new opportunity for Westby cross country athletes to participate in and is far larger than any venue they currently attend in the Coulee Region.

The trip was approved by the Westby Area School District Board of Education months ago and since then students raised money affording them the opportunity to travel the distance to attend the race.

A total of 40 teams, from four states travel to, and participate in, the Virginia race on Saturday, Aug. 26. Westby will be represented by 17 students: Abbey Wedwick, Sydney Sherry, Julianne Call, Lexi Crume, Justice Franks, Kelsie Helgerson, Liza Jackson, Hayden Fredrickson, John Lucas, Kin Hamilton, Evan Phillips, Haakon Mathison, Brendan Buros, Kade Sherry, Derek Helgerson, Griffin Grass, and Cooper Lipski.

The event has two varsity level races ( A and B). The “A” race is for larger schools, or better teams, and the “B” race is designed for smaller schools. Fredrickson will represent Westby running in the varsity “A” race, while the remaining male and female student athletes will be competing in the varsity “B” race.

Huebner said the “A” race is extremely challenging and is bound to be a rude awakening for many athletes competing on that course and the “B” race won’t be a piece of cake either.

The group flew into Baltimore, Maryland and will be staying at the 4-H National Convention Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. They will be visiting Washington D.C. and will also be running in Rock Creek National Park; visiting the National Zoo; visiting the National Air and Space Museum; attending a Washington Nationals baseball game; and running the D.C. Mall, with team guides from Georgetown Day School.

“The kids and chaperones are very excited. Everyone should have a really memorable time,” Huebner said.