Links Cross Country sends two to state

Links Cross Country sends two to state

By Frank Cuddy The Links are bringing back two girls that qualified for state in the 2013 season, Sophomore Cody Selvage and senior Becca Vanneman who attempts to make it back to state for her 4th straight year. Along with fifty five Lincoln High School kids out and running everyday after school, the Links are

By Frank Cuddy

The Links are bringing back two girls that qualified for state in the 2013 season, Sophomore Cody Selvage and senior Becca Vanneman who attempts to make it back to state for her 4th straight year. Along with fifty five Lincoln High School kids out and running everyday after school, the Links are trying to get more than those two runners to state this year. The 2014 cross country team at Lincoln High has its largest team in 15 years with 55. With four meets under their belts and an 8th place finish out of sophomore Cody Selvage for the girls team in Papillon September 2nd, and with 10 medalist at Omaha Bryan Saturday the Links are looking forward to a big year.

“Cross country is just getting out there. It’s great to have the support of a team, and it’s a great way to make friends. As for itself, just push yourself. It’s going to hurt, but it’s worth it,” Vanneman said regarding anyone who hasn’t been apart of cross country.

Everyone on the team is really excited about the cross country season and are all looking forward to getting some more races under their belt.

“Harold Scott is a really big meet and it’s hosted by Lincoln High, so doing well at that meet is always exciting,” senior CaptainVanneman said, who finished second at the meet for the girls team.

After a big race Saturday at Omaha Bryan in which 12 teams competed in, and a multitude of Lincoln High runners set new personal bests for the season and brought home 10 medals the Links are looking forward to build of the success reached at Bryan, and continue on with their faster times at the city meet this Friday at pioneers park. The Omaha Bryan meet is a little bit different than most. There was four races in which the runners, boys and girls, competed against each other, but ran only against runners in their own grade.

“It’s a fun to see where you as a runner stand in your grade, and good meet for us to bring home a lot of medals,” head cross country Jon Dawson said. “Our senior boys ran well with Frank winning, Jake Winter finishing 14th, and John Frey finishing 15th. The juniors also had a good showing with Noah Luedtke finishing 11th, Jordan Smith finishing 12th, and Jack Young just missed a medal by two places at 17th. Becca Vanneman brought home a 6th place medal for the senior girls, Mackenzie Healey finished 11th for our junior girls, Cody Selvage 5th for the sophomore girls, and our freshman girls Julia McMahon- Cole got 8th and Cassidy Healey got 10th! A good for the Links!” Dawson continued. You can also look up the results yourself at athletic.net.

A lot of people question the sanity of cross country runners as they push their bodies to the limit in every race and practice but according to Joseph Carlson, it is all worth it when he was asked what he had to say about the sport. “Cross country is really fun, but it’s also a lot of hard work. We have to put in a lot of miles and a lot of sweat and tears, and it hurts really bad at times but the end pay off is really what counts,” Carlson said.

With just two more meets left until the district race that determines if the individuals and team are going to Kearney for the state meet in October, the anticipation is rising as Vanneman tries to make it 4 straight years of running at state, “It’s been an honor to qualify, and last year I was lucky enough to have two other female teammates qualify as well. It’s great to have a team to run with!,” Vanneman said, and sophomore Selvage attempts to go back to state for her second time.

For the team to qualify for state they will have to finish in the top 3 as a team at the district meet. To do that they have to score the third fewest points. The top 5 of the 7 man roster from each varsity team are scored. Whatever you place at the meet is how many points you score, a perfect score would be 15 points, where the team would finish 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th.

The 55 links are putting forth the effort, and trying to do something that hasn’t been done at Lincoln High in about 6 years; and qualify an entire cross country team for the state meet. With hard work, determination, grit, and some fast times, the running Links have a great opportunity.

Sophomore Cody Selvage finished 5th at districts, and senior Frank Cuddy finished 3rd behind the number 1 and 2 ranked runners in the state. These Links will compete at State on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 at Kearney Country Club, hosted by UNK.

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