Wolves runners 2019

Members of the IKM-Manning cross country teams in 2019 are, front row, left to right: McKenna Mullen, Julianna Stribe, Kaitlyn Spoelstra, Morgan Hanson, Emily Powers; Kate Sutton; second row: Timothy Connor, Brody Blom, Nathan Johnson, Legolas Thomson, Zander Nielsen, Caden Keller, Tanner Spoelstra; back row: Adam Gruhn, Quentin Dreyer, Joel McLaws, Haven Reese, Carter Sorensen, Connor Keller and Colby Keller (manager).

IKM-Manning Cross Country 2019

Head Coach: Robert Cast, 26th year

Assistant Coach: Rachel Skeen, first year

Boys Roster: Adam Gruhn, Sr.; Carter Sorensen, Sr.; Quentin Dreyer, Jr.; Connor Keller, Jr.; Tanner Spoelstra, Jr.; Haven Reese, Jr.; Timothy Connor, Soph.; Broday Blom, Soph.; Zander Nielsen, Fr.; Nathan Johnson, Fr.; Legolos Thomson, Fr.; Joel McLaws, Fr.; Caden Keller, Fr.

Returning Letterwinners: Gruhn, Sorensen, Dreyer, Keller, Spoelstra, Reese

Girls Roster: Kate Sutton, Sr.; Emily Powers, Sr.; McKenna Mullen, Soph.; Kaitlyn Spoelstra, Fr.; Julianna Stribe, Fr.; Morgan Hanson, Fr.

Returning Letterwinners: Mullen

Wolves Notes: Dreyer is the top returnee for the IKM-Manning boys, as he medaled in all nine meets a year ago with nine top-10 finishes. He was the team’s most valuable runner a year ago. Tanner Spoelstra medaled in six meets a year ago with two top-10 finishes and was named the team’s most improved runner. Keller medaled in five meets and Gruhn medaled in three last fall. The girls will feature a young team with three freshman among its six roster members. Mullen medaled in three meets a year ago and was named the team’s most improved runner. Sutton will compete for the first time after moving to the district, while Powers and Stribe are participating in cross country for the first time.

Comments from Cast: I’m expecting the boys to have a very competitive season. Our returning lettermen should continue to improve their times and places from last year. Dreyer had an extremely successful season last year with nine top-10 finishes. I’m sure his hard work this summer will pay off again. Gruhn and Sorensen will be good team leaders and role models as seniors. Tanner Spoelstra, Keller and Reese should all continue to move up in the racing field as well. For the younger boys, a goal will be to work hard to improve and contribute to the squad.

The girls are low on numbers, but should have a complete scoring team as long as they stay healthy. I believe having our girls run as a pack will also help them to be as competitive as they can be. I’m looking forward to working with this group and know they will work hard to improve and accomplish their goals. For both our squads, our goals will be improvement throughout the course of the season and to improve our places and times from a year ago. If this squad consistently works hard and is committed, they should have a very successful cross country season.

2019 Schedule

September: 3 - Logan-Magnolia Invitational at Logan; 12 - Greene County Invitational at Jefferson; 19 - Panorama Invitational at Panora; 21 - Kuemper Catholic Invitational at Swan Lake; 26 - Audubon Invitational; October: 1 - Denison-Schleswig Invitational at Denison; 7 - Woodbine Invitational; 14 - Western Iowa Conference Meet at Avoca; 19 - Missouri Valley Invitational; 24 - State-Qualifying Meet, TBA.

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