Braves Chase Down State 4A Cross Country Title


The 8 boys who brought home their school’s first 4A state title take the stand. “It meant a bit more winning this first year back with the 4A schools. We’ve always believed that to be the best, you have to beat the best.  We know that titles will be harder to come by [in 4A], but that is what makes them that much more meaningful,” said Head Coach Ty Draney.

Ava Morgan, staff writer

The boys and girls cross country teams recently returned from Ethete’s Wyoming Indian High School where they competed at the State Cross Country Meet.

Each team across the state from all classifications brought 8 girls and 8 boys to the event. This year was the Braves first year back in 4A in over a decade, so the competition was steep. “To be the best, you have to beat the best,” as Coach Draney famously always says to his team.

While both girl and boy teams had great races, the boys were able to take home the 4a State Title, the first one for their program in the 4A division.

Sophomore Habtamu Wetzel won the individual state title, beating everyone by 20 seconds with a time of 15:48.

Even though their season has ended, the team continues to run and will continue to run, even through the winter. They have to be ready for next season; they have a title to defend.

COOL RUNNINGS: Sophomore Habi Wetzel stands at the head of the all-state field at the state cross country meet. Wetzel beat every runner on the state course. “It feels good to win state and all-state as a sophomore, and the best part of the weekend was being able to ride the fire trucks even though it was freezing cold. I will continue to practice all throughout the year in oder to keep my times low at meets. Right now I am running about 3 miles, and in the summer I average 7.5 a day,” said individual state champ Habi Wetzel.


TEEPEE TRACKSTERS: The state squads from SVHS take a break while getting ready for their race. Freshman Grace Visser was the first girl from the SV to finish the race, finishing with a time of 21:12. “My favorite part of the season was definitely the meets and how close we got throughout the season,” said Visser.