Barron senior Tristan Massie ended his high school cross country career Saturday, Oct. 27, with a bang, setting his personal best time while running in the WIAA State Cross Country Championships.
Competing at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids, Massie finished in 17:44 to place 106th out of 152 Div. 2 boys.
“The race was an exciting one to watch, with a field full of talented runners,” said coach Jessica Gravesen-Seis. “For Tristan, it was the culmination of a lot of hard work and training. As a coach, it is awesome to see an athlete achieve their goal when you know they have truly put in the time and effort necessary to do so.”
East Troy senior Henry Chapman won the individual title in 15:59, finishing 12 seconds ahead of senior Andrew Pahnke of McFarland. Valders won the team title, followed by Notre Dame and East Troy.
“Earning a trip to the state meet was an exclamation point at the end of a senior season where Tristan improved his time on every course, medaled at every race and even won an invitational,” Gravesen-Seis said.
Massie’s determination carried all the way to the final step of his senior season – leading a pack of five runners who finished within 2.3 seconds of each other.
“Tristan’s contribution to the team this year went far beyond his accomplishments,” the coach said. “His leadership and the example he set for his teammates will have a positive impact on the program for years to come.”