Cross Country Starts Strong
Five middle school students joined four high schoolers to create this year’s cross country team. They had their first meet of the season on Thursday, Sept. 1 in Gibbon.
For the varsity meet, senior Alyssa Ferguson placed second and senior Maria Perez placed seventh. In the junior high race, seventh-grader Brexten Kobza placed first, seventh-grader Kaden Esquitin placed second, and eighth-grader Tyler Esquitin placed fourth.
Ferguson has been in cross country for four years and plans to continue in college. She has already committed to Concordia University.
“I put all my energy into my meets. I push other things aside, so I can focus and be the best I can for cross country,” said Ferguson.
Ferguson shared that her friend and teammate, Maria Perez, pushes her the most.
This is Perez’s second year running cross country, and this year her seventh-grade brother, Pedro Perez, has joined her.
Pedro said, “With my sister on the team, she pushes me. She’s my biggest supporter and the other way around. I don’t have a problem with my sister; we get along pretty well.”
Maria agreed, adding that she had no problem with being in cross country with her brother.
Tyler Esquitin also joined the team with his brother Kaden.
“Knowing my brother is on the team, I don’t really like that, but in some ways he pushes me. When I run I push myself to be faster than him and better than him,” said Tyler.
A third sibling pair on the team is sophomore Micaiah Niemoth and his seventh–grade brother Westin Niemoth.
All three pairs said that having siblings on the team made them better in some specific way.