While the leaves turn and the weather gets cold, runners gear up for the strenuous cross country season. The Bulldog cross country teams this year were phenomenal, improving in each race and practice.
The boys team was led by junior Jack Stamper who pushed the team during its runs and motivated his teammates to run hard. Following Stamper was junior Joey Parker and sophomore JR Baker.
The boys performed well this season, coming close to winning some meets but always beating personal records time after time. The season peaks at districts, where the seven varsity runners attack the Crow Creek cross country course for a chance to go to state.
The Bulldogs narrowly missed out on going to state, placing sixth.
The team loses varsity seniors Donovan Klutho and Thomas Crowley, who have run for the team four years. However, the varsity squad gains young legs next fall in sophomores Ian Silva and Kyler Castro.
The girls cross country team also had an incredible year, winning multiple meets throughout the season and leading the pack with individual runners as well. Their season too cumulated at districts and ended in heartbreak.
The girls were the last spot out of state, coming down to the last runner, and with that race the girls team season was over.
However, three Bettendorf runners qualified for the individual race at state. Seniors Ally Gallagher and Sydney Spranger and junior Trinity Borland traveled to Fort Dodge to compete for an individual state title. At state, Borland finished inside the top-10, an impressive finish to end the season.
Both girls and boys teams alike had an impressive season ending at districts, working hard on early morning runs, preparing for each race, and grinding for those 3.1 miles down to the last step.