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1999-2000 Season

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As the new season began, the Tigers Cross Country squad had hopes of making the State Meet again.  Head Coach Warren Kaari, was in his 24th season as the leader of the Cross Country squad.  This year, he was assisted by Robert Rogness.

The team opened the season finishing fourth at the Nokomis Invitational.  That was followed up with a seventh place finish at the Monticello Invitational.  At the Benilde-St. Margaret’s Invitational, the team finished eighth.  A fifth place finish is where the Tigers ended at the Metro Invitational,  The Tigers bussed over to the University of Minnesota to participate in the Roy Griak Invitational.  There, South finished in ninth place against schools from all over the country.  The final regular season meet of the season saw the Tigers finish in second place at the Burnsville Invitational.

The Tigers also participated in the Twin City Grade Level Meet.  The TCGLM pits the Minneapolis and St. Paul schools against each other.  This is for individual honors and team scores are not kept.  The best South freshman was Erin Anderson, who finished seventh.  Sophomore Maren McMartin was the best South 10th grader.  She finished 15th.  South’s only junior, Evelyn Williams, finished eighth.  South had no one who participated in the senior grade level.

At the Conference Meet, the Tigers felt they were ready to defend their title.  However, no one told that to Southwest. After 10 straight Conference Meet titles, the team finished second!  Sarah Hesser again won the individual title.  Ashley Dwyer, fourth, Anne Skoglund, sixth, Anna Woodling, 10th, and Abbie Clarke, 11th, were the Tiger runners who scored points for the team score. 

The Tigers finished second in the Region 5AA Meet, qualifying for the State Meet for the 10th time in the last 11 years.  The only season they did not qualify is the 1992-93 school year.  The team finished in 15th place.

After the season ended, Warren Kaari announced that he would be retiring from coaching.