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Cross Country team ready for 2019 season

August 29, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The Cross Country team saw their first competition last night with the annual Marshalltown Earlybird Meet. While we don't know the results of the races as it was after Tama News Herald deadline, we do know the team is looking good so far this season.

The Trojans finished off last year supporting Callie Frakes at the State Cross Country Meet in Fort Dodge. It was a comeback race for the now senior as she had to sit out her sophomore season due to a foot injury. She had previously qualified her freshman year. Frakes finished 10th at Districts and 62nd at State. She improved her time from 21:05.6 in 2016 to 20:49.4 in 2018 and also improved her State place finish from 87th to 62th.

Frakes has been cleared to return again this season which is looking bright especially for the boys team.

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The STC boys and girls Cross Country teams complete team stretches during a practice at the STC High School last week. The team began competition on Thursday, August 29.
News Herald Photo/Allison Graham

"The boys team finished strong last year and everyone is back this year," said head coach Robert Tyynismaa, "We have added a few more to the boys team as well. We are looking for good things to happen with them. Maybe an individual state qualifier and/or a team to qualify."

Last year the boys had a team first place finish at the Montezuma meet and they are looking to build upon that this year.

"Many of our Varsity Boys participated in the summer running program and their hard work will pay off during the season," said Tyynismaa.

The Trojans also celebrated three from the team earning Academic All-Conference in the WaMaC. Garrett Arp, Makayla Backen and Mitch Knock were the three student athletes to earn the honor.

The team began the summer with the annual camp in July. "Our cross country camp this year had the most participates to date. The camp is open to 5th-12th grade. We usually spend two out of the five days at the pool, both working out and having fun," said Tyynismaa.

Tyynismaa along with assistant coach Baron Davis and volunteer coach Hailee Weiss also coach the middle school program.

"The middle school boys team is looking strong again this year with many returning from last year. I am looking forward to next year when we add the 8th graders to the boys team. The middle school girls team is not as deep as the boys but we do have some quality runners that will add to the high school program next year," said Tyynismaa.

You can see the team in action locally in September. The Trojans will be hosting their home meet on Monday, September 16 at the STC High School.



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