This award was created after Coach Pooley's famous sandwich he eats religiously. Peanut butter, banana, honey, and cinnamon are all lathered on two pieces of Breadsmith's finest bread of the week, than eaten with pure enjoyment. Senior runner Luke Jelen commented on the need to bring his own during a spring track meet after continually watching Coach Pooley eat his, spurring the idea of the award. The reward is given to those whose performance at the meet, leave a sweet taste in the mouth of the coaches similar to what one would experience after eating one of these famous sandwiches.
City Meet: 9/3/13
Girls: Katie Patrick- winning the city championship was not as easy as it looked. Just like any other runner, Katie was battling inner demons that were haunting her. Despite her edgy mindset, she overcame her uneasy, and pulled away to a decisive victory.
Boys: Levi Degross- a notoriously go out hard and hang on runner, Levi held back enough to finish in a strong second place. Every bit of previous training has taught Levi to go all out all the time.
Boys: Dreux Selzler- believe, believe, believe. Dreux made a statement that he is ready to compete where he can, by stepping up and filling a position on his team that was unexpected. He could not have answered the bell at a better time.
Augie Twilight - 9/6/13
Girls: Morgan Fehrs- She knew that this was a good course for her strength and she ran well to that. She ran smart on the first loop and continued to accelerate on the last loop - - taking a few teammates with her for a strong finish. An excellent second race of the season for Morgan.
Boys: Tyler Dobson- Consistency. Tyler has been the most consistent racer on the team in the first few weeks. Once a weakness in the past, now it has become a strength. He's growth over the past several months has been instrumental for our team's positioning.
Meet of Champions- 9/14/13
Girls: Sarah Metz- A course that has been a mental challenge in the past proved not to be in her senior year, despite a second guess of herself while in the huddle. Sarah wanted to run a confident race and did so indeed. Taking almost 40 seconds off her city meet time, she remained calm, listened to instructions, and executed on both the flat portion as well as the hills. While recognizing she still needs to work and fine tune aspects of her race, she was able to complete this course for her final time.
Boys: Anders Rasmussen- Patience and resiliency. In the third meet of the season, Anders felt a sense of accomplishment (or should) he has been aiming for since this summer. Despite his inability to meet personal expectations in the first couple meets, he did not panic nor overthink the central issue. He believed in his training and his abilities to come through at the appropriate time.
SF Christian Invite- 9/19/13
Girls: Carmen Garcia - new to cross country and new to the squad, Carmen is learning the ropes of our sport! At the Charger Invite, Carmen ran with confidence and positioned herself off of her teammates. She had a solid race and is improving with every meet. Overall, Carmen ran consistently and finished with a closing kick, which topped off a great team performance.
Boys: Trevor Gunlicks- Winning his first race ever, Trevor was patient in the beginning yet, took control of the race midway through, and put a gap on the field cruising to the finish. Trevor set a personal record breaking 15 mins with a time of 14:59.
Heartland Classic, Ames IA- 9/21/13
Nathan Schroeder- Despite forgetting his uniform and spikes, Nathan finished 2nd just one second behind the leader Thomas Pollard from Gilbert, IA who was the 3000 champion at the Drake Relays this past spring. Nathan developed blisters the size of quarters on his heels during the race, yet still crushed his personal best by 23 seconds.
Brookings Invite- 9/25/13
Boys: Isaac Bindert- New to cross country this year, Isaac has been a student of our sport. For several months he has blended into the sea of blue taking one day, and one meet at time, but his dedication and desire to improve have been seen crystal clear. When asked before the race to step up and provide for the JV boys, Isaac's response was, "I'll give you everything."
Girls: Julia Brukelman - Julia has been running better each meet and capped it off last night with a scoring performance for the Lady Pats. She was steady throughout the Brookings race and finished strong. Julia has great running potential; her sandwich run last night is just one indicator of what she can do when she sets her mind to it!
Roy Griak Invitational- 9/28/13
Girls: Sara Dow - At Griak, Sara was our fifth runner in a pack four. This was the first big meet for Sara and she performed "sandwich - like" by pushing herself to maintain position. A tough course both in terrain and distance, Sara was able to finish strong by going with another teammate to close the race.