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Arlee cross-country making its way to finish line

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If the Warriors and Scarlets could come up with the one word to describe their cross-country team it would be “hope.” They hope to place high at state, they hope to better themselves throughout the season, and Coach Katea Dreiling hopes that she can have a full team at practice.

With some of her top competitors on the boy’s team also playing football, it’s been tough to get the team together for practice. 

“It’s been a difficult year for our leaders with half of them balancing both cross-country and football,” Dreiling said. “It’s hard to see the kids together.”

Coach Dreiling won’t let that deter her, though. With the boys’ season history of pulling State qualifying times, Dreiling has expectations of them contending for a State title. 

“The boys are looking good and ready to come to State,” she said. 

For the girls, hard work has been their biggest tool. Dreiling boasts this group is the “fastest group of girls” she’s seen and is hoping to see them place within the top seven — the highest the Scarlets have ever placed at State. 

“The girls are doing pretty well,” Dreiling said. “They are doing a great job of pushing each other.”

Dreiling is particularly impressed with the hard work and dedication she is seeing in senior Jessica Knowell. “She comes ready to work and motivates the others to keep up,” she said.

Without the opportunity to see other class C teams throughout the season, it’s tough to size up the competition they will see at State. Yet Coach Dreiling is optimistic. 

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, the Warriors and Scarlets will travel to Missoula for an extra-added meet. This is the same run they will make at State, so Dreiling would like the kids to “learn from their experience” and use it towards their State “hope.”

The Warrior and Scarlet seniors will be honored at “Senior Night” Oct. 24 during the home volleyball game.

The State championship meet will be held at the University of Montana Golf Course Oct. 26 with class C boys’ teams taking to the course at 1:40 p.m. The girls will follow at 2:45 p.m.

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