ROUND ROCK — Lady Comanche senior cross country runner Brooke Kloesel ended her high-school crosscountry career at a great place, the state meet.
Senior runner Brooke Kloesel capped off her Shiner cross country career by finishing in 66th place at the State Cross Country Meet in Corpus Christi on Saturday ( November 4, 2017 ).
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Kloesel and teammate junior Lillian Egan ran in the Girls 2A race Saturday at Old Settler’s Park.
Kloesel crossed finish line in 66th place with a time of 13 minutes, 19.02 seconds and averaged 6:40 per mile
Egan was 78th with a time of 13:25.78 and had an average of 6:43 a mile.
“I was very blessed to be back at state again,” Kloesel said. “Especially for my last year. It really put the cherry on top for the last race of my high school career.” Kloesel also ran at state her sophomore year.
“It was a pleasure to watch these girls perform at their highest level in the last race of the year. The memories made will last these girls a lifetime,” Shiner cross-country coach Michelle Winkenwerder said.
She said Kloesel was a leader after having learning leadership from another Lady Comanche during Kloesel’s sophomore year.
“There is a famous quote ‘Attitude reflects leadership, Captain.’ During her sophomore year, Brooke had a inspirational leader in Maggie Grosenbacher. Maggie would spend time after practices running Monument and Big Daddy hill to complete a daily workout.
At first, kids didn’t understand the importance of that little extra effort that Maggie was willing to put forth; after watching her advance and winning at the higher levels, the total attitude of that team shifted the next year,” Winkenwerder said. “Those athletes understood to be extraordinary took a little extra effort to get them to those higher levels.
Brooke took many of Maggie’s leadership qualities and started her role as the leader of our teams in the 2016 and 17 seasons.”
“Runners saw Brooke out time and time again during the off season preparing herself to be one of the best in the state of Texas. When you are watching your captain lead by example, it creates a certain work ethic that produces unbelievable results; unbelievable results produces athletes that are willing to pay the price to be a part of something very special, and being a part of something special builds tradition and dynasties that people will talk about for year’s to come.”
Egan and the rest of the returning Lady Comanche and Comanche runners plenty of motivation to get to state.
“Lilly, as well as others on both teams, has an incredible drive to put herself in a position to be one of the best when an event is all said and done. Winkenwerder said. “There is no doubt in my mind, with Lilly and her teammates that will be returning next year, that we will be demolishing personal bests and writing more history into the pages of Shiner Cross Country.”
Lady Comanche harriers Lilly Egan (left) and Brooke Kloesel ready to race at the
State Cross Country Meet in Round Rock on Saturday ( November 4, 2017 ).
Lady Comanche harriers Lilly Egan (left) and Brooke Kloesel (right) pose with Shiner XC coach
Michelle Winkenwerder at the State Cross Country Meet in Round Rock on Saturday ( November 4, 2017 ).
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