Description: This is an award created to recognize two outstanding athletes, one male and one female from any level, for displaying "patriotic" qualities as a runner we as coaches hope to see in all our runners. Two old, wooden batons used during our historic LHS track seasons were decorated with the words dedication, commitment, honor, pride, and determination. Both batons will be held by the athletes and displayed at their discretion until the next cross country meet is ran. The recipients are asked to bring back the batons during the next practice, so the award can continue to exchange hands throughout the season.
City Meet: 9/3/13
Girls- Lydia Hooker is as green and raw as they come. Despite her infancy, Lydia had a great week of training which lite a fire propelling her to an unforgettable finish and first career cross country race.
Boys- Griffin Metz had his best, most dedicated summer this past season and it showed. His remarkable improvement is proof to everyone, that no matter where you are positioned from a previous season, you cannot rule anyone out at anytime.
Augie Twilight - 9/6/13
Girls- Mollie Kelly is still gaining experience in the cross country world, Mollie had to trust in her abilities to represent LHS. She attacked the course, and the corners, and ran herself into great position on this course. She's worked hard and her performance represents
Boys- Reese Johnson had a resilient performance after a physically challenging race at city. Despite a nagging hip issue, Reese moved his way up for the team knowing his career as a Patriot is nearing an end.
Meet of Champions- 9/14/13
Girls- Madison Peterson has been running with the squad for a few years now, and her commitment and dedication continue to put herself into good positions. She works hard and is a continual learner of our sport. Madison's plan for the race was a combination of smart running and desire to perform. The girls side needs strength in our back pack and while taking almost two minutes off her city time, Madison is well on her way.
Boys- Ryan Patrick has been on a mission the past couple weeks. In practice his determined work ethic has been contagious and his hard work was punctuated with a strong 2nd place finish. With his experience, he put himself in great position running with the lead pack and in a position to attack with enough fuel left in the tank.
SF Christian Invite/ Heartland Classic Ames, IA
Girls- Sydney Sweeter- As a sophomore, Sydney stepped up and was a true leader at the Ames meet. She knows both her strengths as well as her weaknesses and is working on maximizing her potential to perform her best. Sydney recognizes the mental and physical challenges of the sport; at the meet she pushed herself in both areas. Sydney represented Lincoln well by giving her best and remaining poised and confident.
Boys- Free Bump set the ultimate, selfless example for this teammates in Ames volunteering to run in a girls jersey since his teammate forgot his jersey at home in Sioux Falls. Fashionable, yes, but let's pray we never have to see Free wearing something that skin tight again.
Brookings Invite- 9/24/13
Girls- Ali Hoffman - Ali is a dependable leader for our squad. She is positive, upbeat, and one of the first girls to always step up and welcome others; Ali is a selfless teammate. One area Ali has been challenged to work on is getting out of her comfort zone when racing. In the past she has positioned herself comfortably and ran accordingly. Last night, Ali went out and stepped up to finish in fourth position for the Lady Pats. It was, by far, one of the best races she has had - she took a chance, trusted in it, and her result was a fantastic race.
Boys- Henry Klitzke- Henry is level headed, hard working, passionate, and coachable. For months, Henry has worked his tail off running and competing at an elite level, yet often may feel overlooked (rightfully so) due to the depth of runners around him. But, if any negativity or doubt is circulating, it isn't showing. Running in one of the toughest spots, Henry was in the two hole, 20-30 seconds behind the lead runner, yet 10 seconds in front of third place. Henry held the gap between him and third place for the entire second half of the race and cruised to his fastest time of the year of 14:35.
Roy Griak Invitational- 9/28/13
Girls- Sydney Sweeter - Sydney's summer running is paying off! She has miles underneath her belt and she is running consistently at each meet. Her dedication to the sport is evident as she continues to improve on each race. Her determination to continue to perform at her best is noticeable; she has been solid and an athlete the team can count on. At Griak, Sydney was our third runner and she helped lead the way for three following teammates. She is a committed runner and represents our team well not only in her running, but also in her character.
Boys- Dale Loudon was given an unexpected opportunity to run and he capitalized! Finishing 8th on the team, Dale had yet another singular race, just 5 days from his outstanding performance in Brookings. Dale has been eager to improve and his hunger is pulling him to the next level.