Cross country records are typically set during the season but, this time, the Neligh-Oakdale team set a record during the summer.
Coach Rick Eickholt said his team logged a total of 966 miles during summer conditioning this year, which is a team record.
"The girls had four individuals who totaled 100 miles or more," he said. "Brittany McConnell had 100 miles exactly, Rachel Higgins had 122 miles, Courtni Heckert recorded 133 miles, and Kasi Grosserode amassed a total of 201 miles. Four individuals with a total of 100 miles or more is a team record, as well as Kasi’s total of 201 miles."
Eickholt said senior Austin Miller led the boy's team, running a total of 70 miles. The Neligh-Oakdale cross country team concluded its summer conditioning program last week and began practice on Monday. He said a total of 12 total high school athletes logged miles during the summer, with one athlete yet to finalize their total mileage.
The junior high also had several participants that logged miles during the summer with 7th grader Griffin Claussen leading the way with 83 miles. Six other junior high runners will turn in their totals when school resumes on Wednesday.
High school summer conditioning participants:
12- Ethan Kallhoff
12- Austin Miller
11- Jayda Chance
11- Brittany McConnell
11- Alexis Jensen
11- Kayla Wright
10- Courtni Heckert
10- Rachel Higgins
9- Cole Belitz
9- Beau Murray