(WAOW) - Prior to 2008, the Wausau East girls cross country team had not reached the state meet in more than 10 years. But with 3 runners in the top 11 in last weekend's state meet, the Lumberjacks captured their second straight cross country title.
"My voice went out about two miles in and I started counting at about a mile and a half and I knew that we were in the hunt and I knew that the girls had a real shot if they could finish, that we were going to win," Wausau East head coach Tim Olson said.
"I don't even remember it kicking in until we had our ceremony at school and this year I'm sure it'll be the same," Wausau East junior Ashley Eckhoff said. "Everyone's still going to be nervous and it's not really going to set it until a couple weeks from now, but it'll feel great when it does."
East came into the meet ranked third in the state, but the Lumberjacks top three runners all crossed the finish line quicker than the top runner for number one Neenah.
"It went great, the girls ran awesome," Olson said. "They followed the race plan and just had an awesome day."
"It just shows how much hard work and effort paid off in the end," Wausau East junior Courtney Frahm said. "It truly shows that if you work for it and you have the right mindset you can really do what you want to come here to do."
The Lumberjacks will take some time to enjoy this win, but they're looking forward to next season when they return five of their top seven runners and will be eyeing their third straight championship.