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Spartan cross country finishes strong

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The East varsity runners smile with their district champions' plaque, after a successful district meet for the boys and girls alike.

The East varsity runners smile with their district champions' plaque, after a successful district meet for the boys and girls alike.

Photo by Kevin Hubbell (courtesy)

Photo by Kevin Hubbell (courtesy)

The East varsity runners smile with their district champions' plaque, after a successful district meet for the boys and girls alike.

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With the fall sports season coming to a close, it’s important to highlight East High’s cross county teams.  The girls team overcame adversity at the state meet and came out victorious. “The two previous seasons we were so close to winning it all, and we had a few things go against us,” said coach Brian Kabourek.  “This year, it’s not like we had the best day at state, but we did enough to win.” The boys team made it to the state meet for the first time in four years. “We were not a shoo-in to make it to state and so we really had to run well the day of districts, and we did exactly that,” said Kabourek.

Thomas Oliver delivered a standout performance at the state meet, becoming East High’s first boys state medalist in five years.  The boys also had three medalists at districts and two medallists at city. This year, the girls runners did a good job controlling what they can control.  “We had very few obstacles to overcome last year. I thought things came very easy from week to week,” stated Kabourek. “This year, we dealt with a lot of adversity from week to week.  Injuries, illnesses, different things like that and we came through, we handled that so I think that prepared us for any problems that we had later in the season.” The boys runners were more experienced this year and did a better job of preparation, as expected.  “The guys have done a good job of controlling what they can control all season and simply improving all year and that’s what we did at the very end was improve,” declared Kabourek. The boys and girls teams both achieved their goals this season, steady and consistent improvement.

About the Writer
Jeremiah Zimmerman, Staff Writer

Senior, Jeremiah Zimmerman, is one of the many new staff members on the 2018-2019 Oracle team. With this being his first year on the newspaper, he’s hoping to take his love for sports and focus on sports writing. In the future, he plans on going to college to play baseball. Last year he was on the junior varsity baseball team here at Lincoln East, and plans to continue this year on the varsity level. Outside of school, Jeremiah spends a lot of time with his family and friends. As the school year begins to commence, you can expect Jeremiah to be reporting on East news and featuring Spartan athletics.

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