Cross Country: The Year that Was


Photo Courtesy of William Elliott

We have reached the end of the Fall Sports Season at Blue Valley North and with that concludes the Cross Country season as well. This season the Blue Valley North Cross Country team accomplished things that many people didn’t believe they would be able to do.

The team competed in meets all over the the metro area including Bonner Springs, Shawnee Mission Park and The Rim Rock Invitational in Lawrence on the camps at KU. The girl’s and boy’s teams had fantastic years finishing as high as second at a meet for both teams.

One of the teams most impressive meets included the KC Metro Classic where they had four team members place in the top 25 and received medals including Sophie Scott, Luke Embry, William Elliott, and Victor Gonzalez.

Also,  at the Bonner Springs Invitational on Sept 20 where both the boys and girls teams placed third our of 34 teams.

“This season went exactly how we had planned for it to go, if not better. We achieved all of our goals as a team and couldn’t have been happier,” said junior William Elliott.

The Boys Cross Country team was able to qualify for the State Meet after a long year of hard work. They placed third in their regional meet, qualifying for State at Rim Rock in Lawrence. The team went into the meet ranked number 9 out of 14 teams and finished ranked number 7.

“My favorite experience this year was watching the boys at state because they worked so hard to get there and did awesome as a team,” said senior Tate Knudsen.

The boys did something that hasn’t been done at this school for 10 years as their cross country team qualified for State.

“I’ll remember this season by the amazing friendships I made and our unexpected success as a team,” said Knudsen.

Not many people gave this team a chance as competing at State this year, but the team turned off outside distractions and went to work.

Although the girls team came up a bit short in their run for state, freshman Sophie Scott qualified individually.

“State was awesome! It was so much fun having the boys team qualify and getting to train with them,” said Scott.

This year’s cross country team had a year to remember as they accomplished many things people said that they couldn’t. Congratulations to the boys team for their State run and also to the team as a whole for the great season that they put together.