Remarkable Redbird Runner Races in State Meet

Emma Coon places 79th in first trip to state cross country


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Emma Coon qualified for the state meet for the first time this year.

Evan Milkie, Reporter

The biggest bright spot of De Pere’s 2021 cross country season was none other than junior Emma Coon. 

A hard worker by nature, Coon steadily improved with each race. She ran her personal best of 19:54 (5K) at the sectional meet, which was nearly two minutes faster than her first race of the season. Her exceptional performance qualified her for state.

“In the moment, I was laying on the ground because I was so tired,” she said. “My dad was the one that told me that I had made it; I wasn’t sure at first. It didn’t really sink in until a couple minutes later. I was really excited.”

Emma didn’t run her best time at the state meet, but she still ran a very fast 20:42, taking 79th place overall. 

“It was a lot of fun,” she said. “It was a little bit weird because no one else from the team was there. Normally, you’re surrounded by your teammates in the box at the start line. You’re all motivating each other. But you had to rely on yourself to motivate you.”

Over the course of the season, Emma built herself into the fastest runner on her team. But she says that the people are what keeps her motivated and enjoying the sport.

“The people are what makes it fun,” she said. “The fun activities and team bonding is the highlight of practices.”

Coon said that her goal for next year is to qualify for state again as a senior, and hopefully to make it there as a team as well.