The 50th Anniversary of Verona Cross Country was celebrated in great fashion. Alumni from state championship teams, all-state runners, and even runners from the first ever team made themselves present. Ryan Nameth (Verona) put on a show as he challenged defending State Champion, Olin Hacker (Madison West). However, Hacker was able to fend off Nameth as he won in a state leading time of 15:20. Nameth would run an impressive 15:34. On the girl's side, Amy Davis was the class of the field by winning in 18:23. Equally fun to watch was the Middleton Pack Attack as they had a :27 gap as they won the team battle by 1 point over Madison West. There will be many fun battles to come.
The season really kicks off with the 50th Cross Country Reunion for Verona High School at the 38th Annual Verona Invitational.
The Division 3 Boys Race appears to be wide open entering the year after the departure of a majority of the leading times. Only Dakota Kauffman enters the season with a sub-16 minute performance. However, I feel we can expect to see a lot of break through performers which should make it an interesting season.
The summer has been heating up just in time to hit the cross country courses. With that, I want to kick off the 2014 season coverage by taking a look at the top 20 returning teams in each division.