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Cross Country Season is underway the Shockwaves could not be more excited. Our team this year has grown by leaps and bounds with over 30 members and runners from Kenosha, Lake Geneva, Waukegan and everywhere in between, and even one from Illinois who is slightly farther than just "over the border". The Cross Country season, like many sports, is in constant flux, but with diligence and creativity, the head coach Nick Freese, is finding many opportunities for all of the athletes from as young as 6 through high school to compete as individuals as well as a team. During the month of September, Shockwaves participated in 5 meets against other teams and several mini meets as well. On September 4th, some Shockwaves traveled to the WE WI Track Club 2 Mile XC Season Kick Off. For many of the Shockies that competed , it was a new distance and a fun time was had by all. September 12th was the AAU IL Rush Invite at Prairie Point Park in Illinois. It was a cool and rainy day and the first taste for many of what a cross country event can feel like. Every Shockwave learned how to dig deep and this resulted in 13 top ten finishes between the boys and girls teams. The Duck Pond M&M XC Meet in Lake Geneva on September 18th was the Shockwaves first meet where there was team scoring and they came with their game faces on. Both boys and the girls teams took first place! The field was quite competitive with the Shockies going against some of the home school teams in the area. The boys team win was the result of all athletes giving their best but notable performances were given by Caughnery, Aiden, AJ, and Josh who finished 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 10th overall respectively. On the girls team, Molly, Grace and Lorelai all had strong performances finishing second, third, and 5th overall. The Special Olympics State XC Meet on September 20th was also a team sweep with the boys and girls team also winning first . This unique event had several distances so that all Shockwaves from the youngest to the oldest had the ability to compete, cheer other teammates, and bond in the autumn sun. The Turtle Youth Invite on September 23rd, was the last meet against other teams in September. The course was more challenging for the coaches than the athletes as the runners ran on a gravel path around a harvested wheat field. The reward at the end was a chocolate turtle for the first place runners and Caughnery and Lorelai were able to get chocolate fix. The rest of the runners had a great time and enjoyed playing on the playground equipment as their treat. Look for the Lime Green Wave at our October events. Check our calendar for updated meet information

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