Challenging season comes to an end with awards

The Monticello High School cross country team held its annual awards event Nov. 9 in the MHS Commons. Earning All-District honors were Carter Kurt (left) and Emma Althoff. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Earning Elite all-conference honors, from left: Karle Kramer, Zach Chapman and Emma Althoff. Not pictured is Jasper Nietert.

Earning second team all-conference honors, from left: Jacob Miller, Harrison Ahlrichs, Carter Kurt and Lydia Recker. Not pictured is Triniti Etzel.
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     Monticello wrapped up its challenging cross country season with its annual awards event Monday, Nov. 9 in the Monticello High School Commons.

     It was a season that included unique challenges, including occasional interruptions for individuals due to COVID-19, and the fact Monticello had been bumped up to Class 3A for this season after spending decades in 2A.

     Despite that, the Panther boys won the River Valley Conference (RVC) championship, and the girls finished third.

     Neither team advanced to state; the girls were fourth and the boys fifth in their respective state qualifying races. But two Panthers – junior Carter Kurt and sophomore Emma Althoff, represented the Panthers individually at State.

     “It was a very difficult year, Monticello coach Dan Sauser said at the event. “It was just hard to get consistency in our training. There was always a curveball that seemed to be thrown at us.

     “But through it all, they really persevered and worked extremely hard, so I could not be more proud of this team. I think they had as much adversity as any team I’ve ever had, and they really came together at the end, and we had a special end to the season.”

     A list of Panther cross country awards follows.





     Carter Kurt, junior; Emma Althoff, sophomore.


     Elite Team (placing 1-10 in the RVC Meet): Jasper Nietert, senior; Zach Chapman, senior.

     Second Team (placing 11-20 in the RVC Meet): Harrison Ahlrichs, sophomore; Carter Kurt, junior; Jacob Miller, sophomore.


     Elite Team (placing 1-10 in the RVC Meet): Emma Althoff, sophomore; Karle Kramer, junior.

     Second Team (placing 11-20 in the RVC Meet): Triniti Etzel, junior; Lydia Recker, junior.


     Most Improved: Jacob Miller, sophomore; Savannah Freese, sophomore.

     Rookie Award: Keegan Freese, senior; Rylee Kraus, freshman.

     Pride Award: Zach Chapman, senior; Kehde Campbell, senior.


     Seniors: Zach Chapman, Keegan Freese, Levi Temple, Caden Ungs.

     Juniors: Erlin Bell, Grant Hospodarsky, Trey Kuper, Carter Kurt, Nathan Oswald.

     Sophomores: Harrison Ahlrichs, Chesney Capron, Jacob Miller, Dylan Ponder, Nathan Sauser, Ian Temple.


     Seniors: Hannah Ahlrichs, Kehde Campbell, Gabrielle Guilford, Dru Kramer, Maddie Stadtmueller. 

     Juniors: Faith Hansen, Karle Kramer, Lydia Recker, Natalia Williams.

     Sophomores: Emma Althoff, Savannah Freese, Ella Glawatz, Mya Postel, Katie Roher, Jackie Stadtmueller.



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