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Arp has strong debut at MCC Early bird

August 29, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

After Thursday's season debut, one may assume that STC junior Garrett Arp has been running cross country throughout his high school career. But that is not the case. Thursday was actually Arp's first cross country meet ever. Arp finished the race in the top-20 after coming in 18th with a time of 18:59.

This may be the first cross country season for Arp but he is no stranger to STC athletics. As a sophomore Arp logged varsity minutes on both the football and wrestling teams.

Arp projects to be a starting wrestler for the Trojans later this year. He had some matches at the varsity level over the last two seasons but had been behind a strong class of State place winners including Colton Vest and Isaac Judge around the 145-152 weight classes. With that group now graduated, it may be Arp's time to shine.

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Garrett Arp runs in his debut cross country meet for the Trojans on Thursday, August 23. Arp finished 18th with a time of 18:59.
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STC head coach Robert Tyynismaa told the Times Republican on Thursday that cross country might not be Arp's first love as a sport, but he's got a future on the course if he keeps competing like he did on Thursday.

"He's a wrestler and his heart is in wrestling, but I think he's figured out that cross country can help him out with that," Tyynismaa said.

It should be noted also that Garrett's younger brother Logan is also out for cross country this season. The two appear to be trying new things to help them prepare for the upcoming wrestling season. The brothers attended the J Robinson Wrestling Camp. The 28-day long JROB Intensive Camps are known as the most challenging and life-changing wrestling camps in the country.

With a finish time of 18:59, Arp could have an opportunity to crack the field of contenders at the state meet later this fall if he is able to keep up that pace.

Also competing for the Trojans at the MCC Early bird were freshman Trusten Rosenberger who placed 42nd with a 20:17, and freshmen Logan Arp and Clayton Graff took 44th and 57th respectively.

Tyynismaa, who took over as head coach of the cross country program last year, said that while this year's team will be young, that is a positive. Currently on the roster there are two senior girls and just a couple of juniors. The rest of the team is made up of freshmen and sophomores.

"What's nice about this year's team is that kids who came out in middle school have continued to come out this year as freshmen, so we have some continuity in the program. I'm hopeful we can continue that," said Tyynismaa.

"We've got some things kicking on our middle school program that will feed right into us as freshmen, so in a couple of years who knows?" he said.



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