When a group of the Westby Norse Cross Country Team headed for the East Coast last week to participate in the Great Meadows Cross Country Invitational, in Virginia, Head Coach Brian Huebner simply wanted the team to experience a wider array of running talent. What Huebner didn’t expect was the girls team to finish in first place and leave the course wearing gold medals around their necks.
Westby top five runners all finished in the top 13. Julianne Call won the race with a time of 20:59; followed by Abbey Wedwick in second place with a time of (21:15). Sydney Sherry finished fourth (21:35); Justice Franks 11th (23:04); Lexi Crume 13th (23:11).
The end result was overwhelming for Huebner who was completely choked up with tears of happiness for the team and the way they represented Westby Area High School.
Senior Hayden Fredrickson also had a great showing on the boys side. Fredrickson ran in the “Varsity A” team and finished sixth with a time of 16:24. He finished the first mile in 4:57 and the second leg of the race in 11:26. Also for the boys, Kade Sherry finished in sixth place in the upperclassmen division (juniors/seniors) with a time of 18:56.
The trip to Virginia was approved by the Westby Area School District Board of Education months ago and students raised their own money to attend the race.
A total of 40 teams, from four states traveled to, and participated in, the Virginia race on Aug. 26. In total, Westby was 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 Helgeson, Griffin Grass, and Kooper Lipski.
The group flew into Baltimore, Maryland and stayed at the 4-H National Convention Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. They visited Washington D.C. and ran in Rock Creek National Park; visited the National Zoo; National Air and Space Museum; attended a Washington Nationals baseball game; and ran the D.C. Mall, with a team guide from Georgetown Day School.
Westby roots run deep with a former Westby alum, Paul Bostad, now teaching at Georgetown Day School, making it the perfect opportunity for everyone to learn just how far a good education can take you.
Westby coaches, students and athletes returned home earlier this week.