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1993-1994 School Year
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1993-1994 Team Photo: Front Row: T. Solgard, A. Sutton, B. Portwood, T. Woodward, K. Kolstad, R. Substad, J. Swanson, W. Peterson, T. Crowsheart, E. Trepp. Middle Row: B. Dipman, E. Nelson, G. Lundgren, A. Schnickle, P. Holt, M. Wollan, A. Rand, E. Williams, C. Ries, M. Portwood, S. McIntyre, T. Thao, D. Holtz, B. Peck, Coach W. Kaari. Back Row: Coach C. Canham, P. Bailey, N. Nordrum, P. Nelson, R. Ries, B. Burgess, N. Wegener, B. Wahlstrand, M. Kadlec, T. McMurry, N. Le, M. Lindstrom, J. Hammergren, J. Tickner.

In recent years, the South Cross Country team has been extremely successful, winning five straight Conference and Region titles and advancing to the State Meet in each of those years.  This year, the goal was to retain those titles and regain the State title.

South opened the season hosting the Nokomis Invitational.  The new members of the South Cross Country Team were nut used to the dedication and stamina it took to run. Nonetheless, South finished in second place.

At Monticello, the Tigers claimed the title of that meet.

South travelled to Apple Valley to participate in the Eagle Invitational and again finished second.

Two meets in the northern suburbs ended the regular season.  South finished sixth in the Elk River Invitational and second at the Anoka Rum River Run.  There were the tune ups for the “big three.”

At the Conference Meet, the Tigers ran away with the title for the sixth consecutive season.

During the Region 5AA Meet, an injury hit captain Nathan Wegener.  Intolerable pain radiating along one spine would have knocked most people out of competition, but Wegener did not quit because of his desire to win.  Wegener, a senior, also realized this could be his last meet.  With his gutsy performance, the Tigers again claimed the Region Crown.  Junior Ben Wahlstrand brought home the individual Silver Medal at the Region Meet.  The 1994 South Yearbook quoted Wahlstrand saying, “I was really happy with my race, but I just didn’t have enough left to win it.”

South entered their sixth straight State Meet as a bit of an underdog.  The team finished in seventh place.

The long-standing pair of Warren Kaari and Craig Canham again coached the successful Tigers.