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On top of trying to run their best, the team tries to build each other up during the meets. Their main goal is to finish first, but they also have a goal to support their teammates. “The team chemistry we had with each other was unmatched to any of the other seasons,” Marshall said. “We always had each others backs and built each other up for each race no matter the circumstances. We worked with each other to better ourselves and improve during each practice and race.”

Wildcats take on State

Garrett Wilcoxen, Staff Reporter
October 27, 2021
The Millard West boys varsity team poses for pictures after bringing home first place in the meet. Each runner competed very well and all seven of them finished inside of the top 35. “We were very very happy with the win,” Fey said. “We beat regionally ranked teams that we had no clue about how good they were until the gun went off. We also know that we’re looking good to win the state championship and maybe finish top two team wise at Nike Cross Regionals to be the first Nebraska team to ever make Nike Cross Nationals.”

Success in the Heartland

Joseph Ebmeier, Staff Reporter
September 23, 2021
The Varsity Boys Cross Country team prepares for a meet at Walnut Grove. With the extreme heat, the runners focused on their physical preparation so they could perform their best. “Us, as runners, cant control the weather or the conditions we run in, so all we can do is prepare for them,” junior Piercze Marshall said. “The number one most important thing to do the day before and day of the race is to hydrate. By being hydrated, I prevented cramps, being more tired than usual, and heat-exhaustion like we saw happen to other runners.”

A hot start

Evan Vaslow, MWHS Wildcat News co-Editor-in-Chief
September 17, 2021
Seniors Seth Fey and Sam Kirchner finished within two seconds of each other and ran with each other throughout the race. They pushed each other throughout the race and were determined to stay up front. “Sam and I don’t like to lose to other teams,” senior Seth Fey said. “When we are next to each other in a race we stick to one another and try to break away from the other teams.We always help motivate and push each other to achieve limits we couldn’t do before.”

Wildcats race to the finish

Joseph Ebmeier, Staff Reporter
September 10, 2021
With a subtle first lap, sophomore Jack Witte is in first at the Metro track meet. In this meet, some of the best runners compete for a spot at districts but for Witte, he breaks a record. “I just ran my race and it ended up being a fast time,” Witte said. “I knew what the record was and I went for it.”

Beating the best

Christian Naujokaitis, Staff Reporter
September 2, 2021
Senior Dekyan Behrens works up a hilly portion of the course enroute to a second place finish. He was proud of the way he competed and the race he had. “It was also a great day personally, finishing second place was amazing although it wasnt a P.R. (personal record) it was an overall great experience and a great memory made with the XC (cross country) team,” Behrens said.

Tournament Season begins

Joseph Ebmeier, Staff Reporter
October 19, 2020
The Wildcats tried to run as a group to motivate each other throughout the race. Gilbert led the team and got second in the race. “We wanted to push each other to win by staying together,” Gilbert said. “We tried to keep a steady pace throughout the race and have more energy near the end.”

Cross Country Quad Meet

Garrett Wilcoxen, Staff Reporter
October 4, 2020
The Millard West boys varsity team starts the race out strong. The Wildcats’ were able to start this race strong which allowed them to stay up front the entire race. “The start is one of the most crucial parts of the race, and could be argued the most important part,” Marshall said. “A good start is needed in order to get a good placement because being out in the front of the pack allows for better pacing, and it is easier to pass people ahead of you when you arent in a large group.”

The strong run continues

Joseph Ebmeier, Staff Reporter
September 21, 2020
Junior Sam Kirchner(left) and sophomore Joey Hartnett(right) are coming up the final stretch of the course. They ran with each other throughout the race, pushing each other to go faster and stay up front. “I think we had a nice pack,” Kirchner said. “Our top 5 were within  7.99 seconds of each other, and our goal was 15 seconds. I am very happy with that.”

Covid conference meet

Joseph Ebmeier, Staff Reporter
September 4, 2020
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