With masks, separate bathrooms and gathering areas roped off for each team, Mora’s first cross country meet of the season at the Mora Nordic Ski Center Aug. 27 was a bit unusual. 

Despite it’s uniqueness, Mora’s Cross Country Running Head Coach Chris Goebel said the first meet of the season was just plain fun. 

“I think the kids are enjoying being around their friends and are making the most of an interesting situation,” said Goebel. 

“The season is going to be so unique,” he said, noting some of the guidelines in place due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. For example the team is participating in fewer meets, wearing masks when they aren’t running and meets are limited to a maximum of three schools. 

“I think like every season, kids will make memories and will improve as runners and will learn a lot about themselves,” Goebel said. 

Mora outruns Milaca

At their first meet of the season, the Mora Mustangs outran the Milaca Wolves in both the boys and girls competitions on Thursday, Aug. 27 at the Mora Nordic Ski Center. 

Varsity girls finished Mora 22, Milaca 39; boys finished Mora 19, Milaca 40. 

“The kids were able to see where they are at and many even saw improvement from the 2-mile time trial that we did the first week of the season. I think it gave them a nice foundation as we start racing 5Ks this week,” said Goebel. 

Assistant Coach Michelle Ostien said this year is a building year for the boys team. Since football teams are not allowed to compete this fall, some boys who typically play football have joined the cross country team. Ostien said they have been glad to welcome these athletes.

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