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LUHS cross country team practices--with a little ice creamSubmitted: 09/28/2016

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MINOCQUA - Temperatures may have been on the cool side Wednesday, but ice cream was on the minds of the Lakeland Union cross country team.

The team took some time out from their normal routine to make a few stops for ice cream during their daily run. It's events like this that head coach Kevin FitzPatrick says bring the team closer together.

"Today is our annual ice cream run," FitzPatrick said. "We've been doing this for 10 years. It's a 7-mile run and we hit four ice cream stops along the way. It's a fun event our kids look forward to every year."

Lakeland cross country has seen a great amount of success in recent years, and team-building plays a major role in that success.

"Our boys right now are ranked in the top two in the state and our girls have been ranked in the state," said FitzPatrick. "And that didn't just happen overnight. It happened because we built this team spirit and team culture that kids want to be part of Lakeland cross country, and that's made it a lot of fun."

The team has just passed the halfway point of the season is are preparing for a good showing as the state meet approaches.


Story By: Chad Roethlisberger

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