HEBRON — Longtime Minster girls coach Jessie Magoto said the key to her program’s success is pretty simple.
“They’re just consistent,” Magoto said Saturday after her team notched its third consecutive Division III state cross country title at National Trail Raceway. “They consistently train. They put in the miles. They do what they need to do, and they just keep doing that.”
Minster ran away with the state title Saturday, scoring 46 points. Fort Loramie was a very distant second (134).
Magoto, who is in her 20th year at the helm, says her team thrives on being the team to beat.
“Pressure is what you make of it,” Magoto said. “They had nothing to lose. I tell them they are not running to lose. I tell them to just get out there and see what they can do. It’s not just something I say. These girls believe it.”
Last year’s D-III individual state champion, Minster’s Emma Watcke, had a battle on her hands Saturday. Watcke and Badger’s Miranda Stanhope went back and forth the entire race. Coming down the stretch it appeared that Watcke was going to defend her crown. However, with less than 100 meters to go in the race, Stanhope took over and crossed the finish line in 18:51.6. Watcke finished in 18:53.3.
“It was a hard-fought battle,” Watcke said about her race against Stanhope. “We just went back and forth until the very end.”
Rounding out the rest of Minster’s squad Saturday were Ella Boate (19:30.3), Gwendolyn Meiring (19:42.7), Kaitlynn Albers (19:51.8), Mackenzie Bohman (19:54.4), Madeline Magoto (20:30.6) and Mason Pohl (20:41.4). The top five runners for Minster on Saturday made it to the awards podium.
“They’re strong, aggressive and they’re not afraid to put it out there,” Magoto said about her team. “That says a lot about them.”
Added Watcke, “It’s great to see all of the hard workouts and all of the summer miles pay off.”
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