The Milbank Area boys and girls cross country teams held a season-end awards potluck November 20. Seven seniors were honored for their years of commitment to the program and were given the Senior award. Concluding their high school careers were: Andrew Falk, Shawn Stemsrud, Luke Wold, Shea Hooth, Christina Lusk, Allison Pillatzki, and Sophia Seffrood.
Seniors earning Academic All-State honors included: Christina Lusk, Allison Pillatzki, and Sophia Seffrood. These athletes were on the cross country team for three years or more and finished their careers with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. The girls team also earned the team Academic All-State honor.
Nick Batchelor, Andrew Falk, and Danica Schulte were named the Most Valuable Runners of the season. Andrew Falk, Savanna Osowski, and Ashlyn O’Farrell each received recognition as the Most Improved Runner. Carter Hartman and Maurina Street were each named Rookie of the Year. The Pride of the Paw awards went to Luke Wold and Taylor Thue for their all-around hard work and coach-ability.
Runners earning all-Northeast Conference honors were: Nick Batchelor, 3rd; Luke Wold, 6th; Alex Farrell, 8th; Zippy Bock, 11th; Ben Harstad, 18th; Maurina Street, 3rd; Danica Schulte, 5th; Taylor Thue, 6th; and Amaya Street, 8th.
Runners earning all-Region 1A recognition and the right to compete at the state Class A meet were: Nick Batchelor, 3rd; Luke Wold, 8th; Zippy Bock, 10th; Alex Farrell, 13th; Ben Harstad, 20th; Danica Schulte, 5th; Maurina Street, 6th; Taylor Thue, 7th; Amaya Street, 14th; and Ashlyn O’Farrell, 17th.
The boys team finished its season with a second place finish at both the NEC and Region 1A meet. The team finished 13th at the State Class A meet.
The girls team captured the Northeast Conference team title and the Region 1A championship title. They also finished 10th at the State Class A meet.
Varsity Major M letter winners included: Andrew Falk, Shawn Stemsrud, Luke Wold, Ben Harstad, Zippy Bock, Alex Farrell, Carter Hartman, Nick Batchelor, Shea Hooth, Allison Pillatzki, Christina Lusk, Sophia Seffrood, Taylor Thue, Danica Schulte, Allison Leddy, Amaya Street, Maiah Brown, Ashlyn O’Farrell, and Maurina Street.
Minor M letter winners were: Kevin Koik, Nathan Loutsch, Eli Fischer, Jamisen Sperry, Braden Brandriet, Riley Przybycien, Jack Sandvig, Dylan Bohn, Noah Garcia, Justine Wiik, Tori Hooth, Morgan Schafer, Marion Mischel, Savanna Osowski, Mallory Falk, Addie Farrell, Madisen Frerichs, and Elsie Seffrood.
Award winners: (Back l. to r.) Nick Batchelor, Carter Hartman, Sophia Seffrood, Taylor Thue, Luke Wold, and Andrew Falk. (Middle) Danica Schulte, Savanna Osowski, Maurina Street, Shawn Stemsrud, and Shea Hooth. (Front) Allison Pillatzki, Christina Lusk, and Ashlyn O’Farrell.