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1995-1996 School Year
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1995-1996 Team Photo: Front Row: J. Spears, E. Sutton, S. Ecklein, M. Goldman, P. Bauman, W. Peterson, A. Greene, K. MacCullum. Second Row: R. WIlden, C. Mattson, J. Case, A. Hendel, M. Thompson, T. Hanson, M. Wilson, B. Merchant, C. Lucas. Third Row: B. Peck, B. Dipman, A. Kolstad, J. Moeffet, R. Substad, A. Rand, J. Swanson, M. WIllan, T. Hart, C. Serril, M. Burr. Fourth Row: C. Spears, J. Strom, P. Keesey, G. Thompson-Veira, B. Brandt, J. Lawrenson, D. Matters, J. TIckner, J. Hammergren. Back Row: Coach W. Kaari, G. Spears, R. Acker, M. Lindstrom, A. Sutton, T. Peler, E. Nelson, R. Lokken, A. Schnickel, D. Foley, R. Albrecht, Coach C. Canham.

After winning seven straight conference titles and region titles, most people would expect there be nothing but calmness on the South Cross Country team.  Not this season however.  Things like injuries are normal for any sport.  But in the middle of the season, turmoil surfaced.  Some runners seemed to believe they did not have to listen to the coaches.  So in the middle of the season, coaches Warren Kaari and Craig Canham quit!  Their absences lasted only a few days, but the point was made.  The runners realized they had to work harder for themselves, not just because the coaches wanted them to. 

South opened the season at the Nokomis Invitational.  The team finished a dismal eighth!

Travelling to Monticello, the Tigers improved to third place.  At a new meet, he Metro Invitational, the Tigers again slipped to seventh.

As a tune up, the Tigers finished the regular season at the Burnsville Invitational.  South finished second.

At the Conference Meet, South came home for the eighth consecutive season with the title.  This was the closest of the eight championships for the Tigers winning by only nine points over second place Southwest.

Next up was defense of the Region 5AA Title.  South slipped into second place, relinquishing the crown.  However, their placement was good enough to make the State Meet.

At State, the Tigers ended the season in ninth place.