LCWM Nicollet Cross Country 2020 Senior Tributes
LCWM Nicollet Cross Country 2020 Senior Tributes
Amelia Lawver (LCWM) gave her word a few years ago that one of these summers she would train so she could start the season giving herself her best chance for competitive success. True to her word, prior to her senior season was that summer! Lawver trained consistently over the summer as she worked enough to earn a coveted summer running t-shirt. She was in her best position to race well on day one of official practice this season. Lawver was one of our captains, and she was just one of those teammates that everyone seemed to like. She was a homecoming queen candidate and she did a ton of work on the thankless duty of handling the team clothing order, which we greatly appreciated. Lawver earned Cross Country Academic All-Conference.
Jacie Schultz (LCWM) was a very conscientious runner since joining cross country as a junior. She would actually have to sometimes be held back by the coaches at practice for overdoing it a bit. Competitively Schultz’s best season was her junior year where she was just one place from All-Conference Honorable Mention. Schultz was one of our captains this year. Her best sport is softball where she is an outstanding pitcher who will be expected to anchor the Knights’ pitching staff this spring. Schultz earned Cross Country Academic All-Conference.
Megan Scott (LCWM) came into her senior season well prepared as the veteran runner knew what to expect. Her improved fitness showed as we were able to compare a couple of early season courses from last year (Mountain Lake and Montgomery) where Scott improved by over 3 ½ minutes on each course. Scott served as one of our captains and earned Academic All-Conference. Scott was also named the Knight-Raider girls most improved runner this season!
Jimmy Bergstad (LCWM) surprised the team when he drove up in his sports car to let us know that without a football season this fall, he was joining cross country. It was a shock to me as I remember him running an impressive two-mile in track, and then promptly expressing his aversion for the event, and distance running in general. Bergstad ended up being an incredibly tough runner for the Knight-Raiders. His best time of 19:22 (second best on the team) for 5000 meters earned him All-Conference Honors. He ended up serving as one of our captains as his ability and personality fit in well with the team. Bergstad was able to accomplish all this while also playing football, as the MSHSL had reinstated the fall season. Bergstad was a starting cornerback for the Knights’ football team where he made a huge pass break-up against NRHEG in the game played on the Albert Lea artificial turf field. That win helped propel the Knights to a winning football season. To top it all off Bergstad was crowned LCWM Homecoming King!
Kylee Nourie (Nicollet) was first invited to join cross country by track coach Kelly Moeller. Sometimes all you have to do is ask as Nourie showed up for practice the following fall. She would go on to run four seasons for the Knight-Raiders. She served as a captain her senior season and earned Academic All-Conference. In 2018 Nourie was named most improved runner on the team!
Samantha Rist (Nicollet) was an outstanding sprinter the last several years on the Knight-Raider track team and she decided to give cross country a try her senior season. She proved to be a mentally tough runner who always had a strong sprint finish at the end of her 5000 meter races. Rist used that finishing kick to earn All-Conference Honorable Mention and be part of the conference champion Knight-Raider team! She served as one of our captains and she was technically very impressive in the dynamic warm-up drills and post run exercises. Rist was also named Academic All-Conference.
Kendall Robertson (Nicollet) decided to join cross country her senior season when it appeared volleyball would be postponed to late winter/early spring. She had some experience with running as a fleet hurdler on the LCWM Nicollet track team. Robertson was a dedicated athlete who liked to push herself. Her effort earned her a varsity spot in her first ever cross country race. Once volleyball was reinstated for fall by the MSHSL Robertson would drive over to LCWM for morning practice before school at times to give as much as she could to both sports. Robertson was a strong player on the conference runner-up Raider volleyball team. She was one of our cross country captains and she earned Academic All-Conference.
Nathan Duis (Nicollet) is an outstanding middle and long distance runner on the LCWM Nicollet track and field team who finally got a chance to try cross country. It was a sport we knew he would be good at but he always had football going on in the fall. Duis ran a 19:31 5000 meter time which was among our top times this year. Once football started back up Duis was counted on as the starting quarterback for the Raiders and he led them to a 2-0 section playoff record at the end of the football season. Duis served as a cross country captain and he earned Academic All-Conference.
Grant Pugh (Nicollet) had no training from track and field to fall back on or any distance running experience when he showed up with Duis the first week of practice. Pugh was well liked on our team and despite his lack of experience he always wanted to do as much as everyone else. Like Duis, Pugh was also on the Raider football team. Pugh served as one of our captains and was named Academic All-Conference.