Ramos Takes 2nd, Klokow Improves 50 Spots At State Cross Country Meet
Story by: Michael Wagner
Senior McKena Ramos placed second at the State Cross Country Meet in Wisconsin Rapids Oct. 26-27.
Ramos’ second place finish at state is the highest finish ever by a South High runner, according to coach Dan Ristow, Language Arts teacher.
“McKena finished his cross country career by being undefeated during the regular season, which has never been accomplished by any South High runner,” Ristow added.
Meet, the FRCC Meet, and the Sectional Meet.
“The race was fast, aggressive, and I stuck through it,” Ramos explained. “I sprinted to the finish line.”
“I wasn’t expecting second place, but I was wanting more,” Ramos added. “All the practice paid off and I am glad to have had the support to make it to state this year.”
“It [the state meet] was pretty good. I moved up 50 places and I hope to be back a couple more times,” said Klokow.
“As a team, we were fortunate enough to witness the greatest individual season boys cross country in South High School history: McKena Ramos,” Ristow stated.
In two short years, McKena transformed himself from a very good runner in the state to one of the elite runners in the state.
Ristow explained that Ramos’ second place finish at State is the highest finish by any South High Cross Country since it began in 1948 by Earl Jaeger.
“McKena went undefeated throughout the regular season and set numerous course records. His teammate, Zach Klokow pushed McKena throughout the year, as did his teammates.”
Ristow stated that Klokow qualified for the state meet his first two years, and if he continues to progress, has a chance to do what no other runner at South has ever done: qualify for state four consecutive years in a row. “This has truly been a ‘dream season’ for boys cross country at South High School,” Ristow concluded.