Cross Country History

A look at MHS Cross Country through the years.

By Glenn McFall
October 28, 2008

Cross-country is one of the newest sports at Meade High School. It has been in the school system for 17 years, this being the 18th year. For a short period of time, Meade had a cross-country team in 1971, but was dropped after that school year and didn’t return until 1991.

Since 1991 to 2007, there have been a total of 113 students from Meade High School that have participated in cross-country, and 27 of these students being 4 year participants. Among these students several have earned individual honors. Travis Vest is one of these students. He set the standard for all future members when he earned the individual state championship in 1991; the first member of the modern program to achieve this honor. He also earned 2nd place on the All-League team, 1st on the All-Regional team, and State Champ for the All-State team. Jared Sims is another runner who has earned similar honors. He was the most decorated runner in school history when he graduated. Jared earned 43 medals and 5 state medals during his career. He was the first runner in school history to win three individual state medals. Jared was the State Champion in 1997.

The boys’ team has been to state 15 times, and earned a trophy 7 times. In 1993 the team got 3rd place. In 1996 the boys’ team was state runner-up, and in 1997 the boys’ team was the State Champions. The team consisted of Jared Sims, Andy Wiens, Nathan Isaac, D. Jay Taylor, Justin Edwards, Jerry Gramkow, and Dusty Vest. The 2002 boys’ team in place 4th place that year. They missed winning State by three points. Hutch-Trinity and Stanton County scored 109. Deerfield scored 110, and we scored 112. The boys’ team didn’t win another state trophy until 2005, where they were the State Runner-ups behind a very good Sterling team.

Even though the girls’ team hasn't earned a trophy, there have been some girls who earned individual medals at State. Melissa Loewen was also All-League one time, All-Regional and All-State twice. She placed 18th her sophomore year, and she also got 18th place her junior year. Misty Reed earned three individual state medals to tie Jared Sims for the most in that category. Misty’s name is indelibly stamped on the record book because of her work ethic, talent, and perseverance. She was All-State three years each and finished 3rd at State her senior year. Shauncey Sims also earned an individual medal at State. She was 13th her junior year and 14th place her senior year.

Although cross-country has only been around for a little bit, it has been a very successful sport. The students that have been in cross-country have enjoyed it and have had a ton of fun.