Twelve different girls were designated as the varsity seven at one point or time during the season as the experienced injuries to several key individuals during the season. The quality depth showed as the Spartan girls captured 1st Place at the Nebraska Wesleyan Invite, Harold Scott Invite, Heartland Conference Invite, and were District A-1 Champions. At the District Meet the Spartans medaled five runners: Lexi Altmaier, Alana Sesow, Morgan Applegarth, Rachel Dweikat, and Megan Blome. The East Squad also was runner-up in the City Meet, and finished 3rd at the State Meet even after losing their number 2 and number 5 runners to the heat. Lexi Altmaier finished 5th at the State Meet and Morgan Applegarth finished 7th, and were both chosen to the NCA Super-State Team. Both seniors, Altmaier became the only four time state medalist in school history, and Applegarth becomes only the second three time medalist in school history. Lexi Altmaier, Morgan Applegarth, and junior Alana Sesow were all selected to the Lincoln Journal Star All-City Team.
The JV Girls showed displayed the great depth the team had this year by finishing first in EVERY meet that they competed in which is thought to be the program’s first undefeated JV Girls Season. The JV Girls won Nebraska Wesleyan, Millard South, Harold Scott, UNK, City, Conference, and the LPS Open. Typically the Spartans would run anywhere from 25-35 girls which was one of the largest teams in Class A this year.
The boys were very consistent this year and as the calendar turned to October for the stretch drive of the season, they were able to take their performances up a notch as well. Six of the seven varsity spots remained the same individuals for most of the season with good competition for the seventh spot. The boys varsity was 3rd at the City meet, 4th at the Heartland Conference Meet, and then at the District A-1 Invite in Norfolk, the boys put together a very memorable race as they toppled highly ranked Millard South in route to the district title. The Spartans had four medalists at the district meet including Ryan Bates, Corbin Hubbell, Magwire Lott, and Logan Koenig. At the State Meet the Spartans finished 7th as a team with Ryan Bates finishing in 9th and being the only state medalist for the team. Ryan Bates was selected to the NCA State Team, and was also a member of the Lincoln Journal Star’s All-City team along with teammate Corbin Hubbell.
The boys junior varsity team invited a number of first year runners, and that inexperience showed early in the year, but as the season continued the experience helped bring times down. The JV Boys finished 3rd at Nebraska Wesleyan, and 5th at the LPS Open. The boys team would consistantly place 30 or more runners on the line for the start of races, and was easily one of the larger boys teams in the Class A this year.