Cross country team’s first meet is Sat.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

This year’s Dawson County High School cross country team is looking to be full of go-getters, with returning runners bringing their experience and new team members bringing their untapped potential to the field.

“Right now we have a wide variety of experience and base fitness levels within both the boys and girls group, but they have all been doing a great job of doing their best in practice this past week and a half,” said Tom Temple, the head coach for the cross country team.

This is Temple’s second season as head coach and Anita Selvig is returning as his assistant. Both of them bring years of experience and expertise to the team.

Temple himself has a total of 29 years of coaching runners, whether that be track-and-field or cross country, under his belt, always finding new ways to make runners into competitors.

“I am constantly assessing what I do and learning new ways to get athletes to perform at a higher level,” he said.

Temple noted this year 24 runners have signed up for the team, 14 boys and 10 girls, but he believes that more kids will join once the school year starts up again.

“We sometimes pick up a few more when school starts because of new students, kids that didn’t know, etc.,” Temple said.

Last year’s team there were 18 team members at this point in the season.

For returning runners, the team has 10 who ran at the state meet last season, five boys and five girls. There are also newcomers who Temple expects might be running in varsity right away. This includes Cody Harrington, freshman; Izzy Siegle, sophomore; and Jayla Ewers, junior.

Temple is also expecting good things from returning runners Caleb Grigsby and Justin Skartved, both juniors, who both ran races in Australia over the summer and, according to Temple, are looking to be team leaders this year. Temple is hoping that their experiences in Australia help them to be more competitive this year.

Temple expects that Grigbsy, Skartved, Harrington and returning senior Myles Stinnett will be the ones scoring points for the boys’ team. However, the team can have up to five point scorers and Temple is interested in seeing who will step up to fill that fifth spot.

For the girls, Temple says the varsity spots are less definite than with the boys because of the number of new runners. However, he is expecting good things from Siegle, who has been running with the boys during practice. Temple said Siegle reminded him of Emily Kuehn, a runner who recently graduated and who also ran with the boys during practice and was a four time all-stater.

“This has been a super bunch to work with so far and I’m really looking forward to seeing how they compete,” Temple said.

The team’s first meet will be Saturday in Williston. The girls will be running first, beginning at 9:30 a.m. MST.

Temple expects the meet to be highly competitive, as Williston was the runner-up at the North Dakota state meet last year. Also at the meet will be New Town, whose boys team won the North Dakota Class B state title last year and is considered to have one of the best cross country programs in the nation.

“It will be difficult to be in the top 20 at that meet,” Temple said.

Contact Hunter Herbaugh at rrreporter@rangerreview.com.

“This has been a super bunch to work with so far and I’m really looking forward to seeing how they compete,”
Tom Temple, DCHS cross country coach

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