ILWACO -The Ilwaco Middle School cross-country team ended another successful season at the Kalama league meet Thursday. Although small in numbers, the squad followed the high school's tradition of "total commitment," according to coach Sarah Taylor.
Stephen Berglund, who trained during the winter and worked out with the high school team, placed first in all but two of the meets he ran, according to the coach. Robert Gibbons, also an eighth-grader, made "huge improvements" in following in his uncle Ivan Bannon's footsteps by finishing third at the league meet.
Kyle Huitt proved to be a dedicated runner and made "dramatic improvements" and Evan LaPlatney, a seventh-grader took naturally to the training program with a positive attitude according to Taylor.
Desmin Wirkkala overcame leg and foot problems to win the league meet for the girls. Dawnielle Childers and Erin Kelly did very well, with Kelly finishing second at league.
Taylor said the junior high team participated in team dinners before each meet and earned hats and shirts for participating.
"The team also received special shirts made by Mr. Eilers' class and we'd like to thank him for that."
"The coaches would like to thank all the parents for their help with team dinners, fund-raisers, and everything else that helped make junior high cross country a success," Taylor concluded.