Eagles compete at state cross country meet

Eagles compete at state cross country meet
Irene-Wakonda competed in its first State Cross Country Meet in Rapid City on Saturday, Oct. 22. Robert Gregoire and Katie Sokolowski were lone runners representing I-W.

Gregoire has won the Class B title the past two years. This year in class A he placed fifth with a time of 16:42.10, running 5,000 meters, or 3.11 miles. As a senior, Gregoire has put in many miles, and he will not be forgotten. He gets a little break now, as basketball doesn't start for a little over a month, and track begins in the spring.

Hot Springs won Class A with 51 points.

Sokolowski, a sophomore, is used to running alone, as she has been the only girl on the Eagles cross country team this year. She earned a chance to run at the state meet, where she placed 78th with a time of 18:00.10, running 4,000 meters or 2.49 miles.

The winning team of Class A girls' cross country was Chamberlain with 77 points, one less then St. Thomas More/Rapid City Christian who had 78.

"It was cold," said Sokolowski. "It was also different experience. It was difficult to run in Rapid City, verses home, the altitude was different, making it hard to breathe."

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