NATHAN STEPHANY, KV NEWS DIRECTOR
The Wartburg Cross Country team has run to a halt after finishing their fall season. The women’s team finished at sixth place in the nation at the NCAA Championship race while the men finished in thirteenth.
Junior Carina Collet also achieved all-American status by finishing in eleventh place, making her a two-time all-American runner.
“Cross Country is overall a culture sport,” Ryan Chapman, Wartburg cross country head coach, said. “If you have a big culture that say, yes I can do great things. You feel comfortable putting in the grind, we’re a year round sport. We have no off time.
We have a team that caters to that ideology. If you’re a young man or woman looking to really be passionate about your training and passionate about the environment that caters to that training, Wartburg’s a great place.”
Between the seven men and seven women who ran at the Championship, only one senior is graduating. Chapman plans to continue next year with where they are currently leaving off.
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“Our goals are pretty high for next year,” Chapman said. “We have a lot of depth. On the conference side, both the men and women won the JV side as well. How do you stay good? That’s the challenge. You keep recruiting .You keep showing young men and women that the culture is a great place to be.”