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Gordon Cross Country Meet

On Thursday September 24th Ava, Julia, Andi, and Ever ran at the Gordon-Rushville cross country meet. All the girls got a challenge this week! Ava competed with the varisty and the jr high girls ran with the jr high boys! They all did great and a few came back with some great personal records!

Ava – 29:12
Julia – 13:16
Andi – 14:24
Ever – 13:57

Hot Springs Cross Country Meet

On Tuesday, September 22nd, cross country participated in the Hot Springs meet. This was probably the hardest course they have run this year and did great!

Ava McKillip placed 6th in the Junior Varsity division — 29:44.08
Parker Wellnitz placed 8th in the Jr. High boys division — 16:19.60
Aubry Anderson placed 8th in the Jr. High girls division — 18:18.57
Julia Russell placed 10 in the Jr. High girls division — 18:26.33
Alaina Raymer was just short of placing in the top 15 with a time of 19:34.36
Ever Peters ran one of her best races with a time of 20:23.16
Andi Twarling also ran hard and gave it her best with a time of 21:09.35

Alliance Cross Country Meet

We had a cross country meet in Alliance on Saturday, September 19th. Julia, Andi, and Ever ran for the Jr. high and Ava ran for High School! They all ran hard! Ava came away with 5th place in the Jr. Varsity Division and a new personal record!! Our next meet will be in Gordon on the 24th at 4 p.m. at the golf course. We would love to see you there cheering us on!

Julia: 15:56.41
Ever: 16:52.62
Andi: 17:14.32
Ava: 26:55.08

Chadron Cross Country Meet

The kids ran at Chadron on Saturday, September 12th. This is one of the hardest courses they will run this season and they killed it. They all walked away with personal records! The next meet is on Saturday September 19th in Alliance.

Ava– 28:56:60
Parker– 13:03:09

Cross Country Season Preview

Cross country is open to boys and girls grades 6th-12th. This fall will be an exciting new year for Hay Springs XC.  We will have small numbers and very young runners that should gain lots of experience this year.

Daniel Hunzeker will be running his first high school meet this year as a freshmen.  Daniel ran in junior high, but now will go against the big dogs running the 5k at high school meets.  Brittany Ferguson, our only returning high school runner, will step up and be our team leader.

We will be selling XC t-shirts as soon as school starts so please contact a member of the team or Coach Mandelko.  Our schedule is also available through the calendar on this site. Please support your XC team…we appreciate it! Coach Mandelko

Concussion Testing

To be in compliance with a new Nebraska State law on concussion awareness in high school athletics Hay Springs Schools will be testing ALL student athletes grades 6-12.

This MUST be done before competition or practice, again this is for all sports not just contact sports.  ALL ATHLETES, ALL SPORTS!

Testing will be done:

Monday, August 6th

1:00 p.m.

at Hay Springs High School

The tests, both a cognitive and a spacial test, will be conducted by the physical therapy department for Box Butte General Hospital.

This test will provide a baseline that athletes must meet before returning to play following a concussion.

It will be difficult to schedule a test after this date and may be expensive.  Plan on attending om Monday, August 6th.

Don’t Stop Now

Consistency! This year’s Cross Country team has done extremely well and almost all of them improved at every meet, in both high school and junior high. The three high school runners worked their hardest to make it to the Best of the West meet on Saturday, October 8. After the Best of the West competition is the district meet. Districts will be on Thursday, October 1. After districts is the state competition. State will be Friday, October, 21.

Mrs. Mandelko said, “Jerilyn is very hopeful and eager to place in the top fifteen at districts.”


Recognition to parents. Parent’s night will be Thursday, October 20. It will take place at Lister Sage in between the JV and varsity games of volleyball and at half time during the football game. Cross country will be introduced at the same time as volleyball. The football and flags parents will both be recognized at halftime of the football game. The purpose of parent’s night is to recognize and thank all of the parents who allow their kids to go out for sports. There is also a big thanks to them for all of the support that they provide. Everyone will go alphabetically with seniors first. There will be no flowers to order this year as the parents will just wear the buttons of their kid’s faces. Mrs. Palmer shares a quote by Angela Schwindt, “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is about.”