Crossing the Finish Line

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Jacob Clark races for a new personal record during his last meet of the season.

Emily Clark, Staff Reporter

After an extended hiatus from running as a team, Immanuel Lutheran Christian Academy’s (ILCA) runners returned for the 2020 cross country season this fall. Despite multiple cancellations and postponements due to COVID-19, the season still consisted of a total of 12 official meets, all of which were filled with challenges and triumphs. 

Jacob Clark reduced his 5k time by over three minutes from the beginning of the season to its end. His improvement provided a glimpse of the accomplishments that were achieved this year.

“I really like to run,” Clark said. “I tried to do everything I could even when it was hard to meet my goals.”

Meg Andresen, another running prodigy, also noticed a significant improvement in her own performance from the beginning of the season to its conclusion, finishing in the top 20 at every race.

“I was always nervous before meets until I was in the middle of the race. Then, I just focused on doing my best and everything turned out fine.” Andresen said.

Overall, the cross country team at ILCA improved tremendously over the course of the season. Earning medals and shattering personal records, they proved their eagerness to work hard in order to achieve excellence.