December 6, 2021 Local Stories in and Around St. Joseph, Illinois

Thanks for the memories

We asked the St. Joseph-Ogden Cross Country team to share their favorite memories from the 2019 season. Here are their answers.

 Kaytlyn Baker- I have to say my favorite part of this season so far was the 24 hour challenge. It was fun being with my team and doing all the fun things we did. It was fun seeing how crazy we got the later it got. This was also the moment I got closer with my team.

Teagan Miller- I have to say my favorite part of this season so far was the 24 hour challenge. It was fun being with my team and doing all the fun things we did. It was fun seeing how crazy we got the later it got. This was also the moment I got closer with my team.

Ally Monk- This year, my favorite memory would have to be team camp. At the beginning of the summer, the team spent a weekend together at Illinois College. We laid out the guidelines and planned out our goals for the season. During this time, my teammates and I got to know each other even better than before!


Elijah Mock- My favorite memory of the season is probably Rope a dope day because it was hard but it really brought us together as a team and we all ran tied together.

Taryn Sexton-Personally, I think that the best moment thus far is when both the guys and gals teams qualified for state. We knew that we had a great chance to do it this year, but we worked so hard and that was one of our greater goals that we had in mind when we made them at Team Camp this past summer. This is also one of my favorite memories because when the other guys’ teams names got called for finishing 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th we were so scared for our guys that they might not be able to qualify. But, right when they said the 6th team’s name, it was a wave of relief when they said that St. Joseph Guys team got 3rd place. Everyone started and hugging and there were tears in everyone’s eyes.

Lili Wentzloff-My favorite memory is the 24 hour challenge, because I feel like that made us closer as a team and it helped me coming in as a freshman and bond with the team and even now this team has made me more confident  and I would not talk to many people on this team but now i talk to all of them now.

Ashlyn Lannert-. If I had to pick one of the many memories I have made with this team is the 24 hour challenge. Both the girls and guys team got together and ran a mile every hour for 24 hours. It was a blast! There was lots of food and it was overall a great bonding experience with the team.

Hannah Rajlich-My favorite memory is probably our conference meet when I tackled two other girls at the finish line. Definitely a situation that doesn’t happen often in xc and is something I won’t forget.

Mary Hinrichs-It is so hard to choose just one memory from this season, it has been so amazing. I have so many good memories from this season. Every “lecture” (they’re more like motivational speeches, you can’t even call it a lecture) that coach gives us has left an impact and good memory. Every time I see ,my teammates run well is a good memory. Everytime I am with this team is a good memory. So making me choose a favorite just isn’t fair. It is such a hard question for me.

Kailyn Ingram-It is so hard to choose just one memory from this season, it has been so amazing. I have so many good memories from this season. Every “lecture” (they’re more like motivational speeches, you can’t even call it a lecture) that coach gives us has left an impact and good memory. Every time I see ,my teammates run well is a good memory. Everytime I am with this team is a good memory. So making me choose a favorite just isn’t fair. It is such a hard question for me.

Hope Rajlich- My favorite memory of the season this far is cry night. It’s a team bonding event where we go to a teammates house and we go around in a circle and for each person, we say something that makes them special, or why we love them. It’s called cry night because everyone makes people cry and it’s really sappy and cheesy. Also, we eat a TON of food. Another favorite memory that I have is 24 hour challenge. We run a mile every hour for 24 hours. It’s so hard but also so much fun. 

Kendra Riddle-My favorite memory so far is sectionals. I didn’t get to run, but I made sure to watch everyone and cheer everyone on as much as possible. It’s really awesome getting to see everyone run their hardest and all their determination as they fight to pass people and qualify for state.

Logan Wolfersberger-My favorite memory of the season was when all of the guys were huddled up together waiting for the results to be announced at the sectional meet. After each team, we all got a little excited. When it got to seventh place and PBL was announced, we all let out a silent “lets go.” When sixth was announced and it wasn’t us, we were all like, “dang, we made it.” Fifth was announced and it wasn’t us, we were cheering. When fourth got announced and it wasn’t us, we cheered more. Then, when third got announced and it was us, we went crazy.

Ava Knap-My favorite memory this season has been watching the boys reaction when they made it to state. They were worried that they were not going to make it out. they ran their hearts out and not only did they make it to state, but they placed third. Celebrating that with them was the most exciting thing so far. Our entire team making it to state is a big deal. We are not a boys and girls team. We are one team.

Ethan Blackburn-What my favorite memory of this season so far when we found out that we were going to state and all of us screamed in excitement.

Eric Poe-I have a lot of fond memories from this season, but one of the most recent is probably my favorite. That is, standing with my team as the team places were announced at the end of the sectional meet and finally-after what seemed like an eternity-hearing our name announced as one of the five teams that had qualified to go to state. We were all ecstatic to learn that all of the hard work had paid off and that we were going to Peoria the next week.

Charlie Mabry-My favorite memory of the season is us getting 3rd at the sectionals. it was super rewarding to have finally make it to state and have all of our hard work paid off in the end.

Lukas Hutcherson-My favorite memory of this season would be the moment we found out we were going to state.  

Malorie Sarnecki- Oh gosh, there are so many memories. I would have to say that my favorite memory was when we were at our team bonding camp over the summer and we all sat in a circle of the Jacksonville College football field and one of our senior guys said, “Lets go around and say stuff that we all love about each other. So we sat there and we all talked about what we loved about each other. 

 

Addie Allen-My favorite memory has to be sectionals. I was told that i’d be running in it about a day before hand. I was definitely nervous but I was so excited. The course was so fun, muddy, and wet. It was a blast to run and be apart of our success. Afterwards, we watched the boys and then we waited. Waiting for the results felt like it took forever because we were all so nervous. Then learning that both teams would be going to state had us all so excited. We all just hugged each other and smiled. It was an amazing day to be apart of.

Brandon Mattsey-My favorite memory of this season is the sectional meet. Standing all together very anxious to find out the results of the sectional race was nerve racking. We knew we had put in the hard work to get back to this point after last year missing the state meet by 5 points. We all clang together holding on while they slowly announced those advancing to the state meet. Being that close to my teammates in that moment is a memory I will never forget.

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