(L to R) Head Coach Dave Brekke, Tracen O’Connor, Nate McClain and Assistant Coach Lucas Westblade.

Crossing the finish line

Lone Peak High’s inaugural cross country team rounds out the season

Lone Peak High’s pioneer cross country competitors took part in the Montana State XC meet held at the University of Montana golf course on Oct. 20. They may not have brought home any medals, but Head Coach Dave Brekke said he’s more than pleased with his two long distance racers’ first season.

“Things went really well, and I’m really proud of the boys. They get along, had a great work ethic, and always came to practice ready to work.” Brekke said, stating he hopes to build upon this, the first-ever cross country season for Lone Peak. “I’d like to have more racers sign up next year, more girls and boys. This year was a great start, with a variety of races, and it’ll be fun to build upon it.”

Like his runners, Coach Brekke is new to cross country as well. But that’s not to say he’s unfamiliar with the sport—he competed in it during his own high school years, and his two sons, Tom and Alex, now 30 and 27 respectively, ran for Bozeman High’s cross country team and continued their participation in the sport through college. Alex truly excelled—lettering in the sport all four years of high school and placing seventh, third, and in 2008, first in the Montana state xc competition. 

“So I’ve spent a lot of time on golf courses, and listening to coaches, learning different coaching styles,” said Brekke. “This has been a fun opportunity, a more hands-on sport than track, and we can focus and talk just about running.” 

A few days following the state meet, Coach Brekke was already looking forward to coaching the sport again next year, “If they’ll have me,” he said, chuckling.

 

 

 

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