When Andale cross country coach James Gregg took a look at the school's list of accomplishments in the gymnasium last fall, he noticed something fishy about the boys cross country team.
Under league championships, it listed 1993 as the school's lone title.
"It turns out, one of our custodians just put that up there because we didn't have anything," Gregg said. "When I found out that we didn't achieve that honor, I told them to take that thing down because we don't deserve that."
It bothered the team's senior class. All summer they worked to earn a legitimate accomplishment for the banner.
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Last week the Indians achieved their goal, winning the school's first boys league title by dominating the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division IV race.
"When that banner goes up and we watch the custodian put it up there, we're going to look at it and it's going to mean so much for us as a team to watch that banner go up," Gregg said.
Gregg credits the team's three seniors — Wil Eisenhauer, Tommy McKean and Will Stuever — meshing well with the underclassmen on the team, led by Jacob Wallace.
Andale's girls team also won the league title behind strong races from Cecilia Lane, Sarah Zurkee and McKenna Seiler.
"They just motivate each other," Gregg said of both teams. "I didn't do the work — they wanted to do this. When you have that, it really makes it easy as a coach. They had a goal in sight they wanted to accomplish and they got it done and they deserve all the credit for that."
Andale will attempt to send both teams through to the Class 4A state meet this weekend at the regional at El Dorado.
More historic success — Another team having unprecedented success this season is the Douglass girls team. The Bulldogs won the Central Plains League title last week for the team's fifth team victory on the season.
"They've been very motivated this season," Douglass coach Leland Shaffer said. "This is the most success we've ever had in girls cross country. The kids are working hard and really pushing each other. They have some pretty lofty goals and are pretty confident they can achieve them."
Sisters Savannah and Sarah Wright have been the team's nucleus in the past. This season freshmen Mackenzie McBeth and Ali Powell have improved the team score. Junior Cassie Hollenback rounds out the scoring five.
Douglass is a favorite to qualify its girls team for the Class 3A state meet this weekend in their regional at Cessna Activity Center.
One runner away — The Collegiate girls team can hang with just about anybody through its first four runners.
"Unfortunately, they keep planning on scoring five for cross country meets," Collegiate coach Clark Ensz said.
The team's Ellie and Maggie Newlin, Megan Duggins and Sydney Lower earn all-league honors at last week's Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Div. IV race, but the team took second because of drop-off after the first four.
"We've tried all kinds of things to try to pull somebody in to run for us in that fifth slot," Ensz said. "But we've got who we've got now and we'll see if we can get three or four of those girls in at state."
Collegiate will run at the Class 3A regional at Cessna .