Former Star Athletes

Former    Stars

Brent Gruenig

1980 - 1981 &

  1984 - 1985

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Brent Gruenig participated in Cross Country during his 7th and 8th grade years. As a freshman, and sophomore, he went out for football. His final two years of high school, he was again a Cross Country runner. As a senior, Brent had a 99% winning percentage. After getting a 3rd and and a 2nd at the first two meets, he went on an eight meet winning streak. At the State Meet in Pierre, Brent became Chamberlain’s first Cross Country State Champion. He set a Class A State Meet record of 15:41; a course mark still stands. The South Dakota Coaches Association honored him with a "Top 25" award. Gruenig ran for Black Hills State after graduation.

Esme Bieberly

1984 - 1989

Esme Bieberly was the first six year letter winner in Cross Country. Over those six years she amassed 53 medals. She also won 15 individual championships. Winning the Coaches Association "Top 25" award twice, Esme’s best finish at State was 8th. Esme closed out her career as the most valuable runner for the 4th straight year.

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Abby Mueller

1991 – 1993

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The finest single season by a female runner for Chamberlain was run by Abby Mueller in 1994. Abby won 9 straight meets breaking the course record in each. She also broke the State Meet course record in finishing 3rd at the season finale. She made All State her Junior and Senior years.

Joel Cosgrove

1986 – 1989

Joel Cosgrove was a four year runner on the Cross Country team. Over those four years, Joel showed great improvement. Hampered by injury his Junior year, Joel came into his own in 1989. As a Senior, he won 6 individual championships. To highlight his final race, Joel won the State Championship title. His time of 16:05 was seven seconds ahead of the second place runner, teammate Trent Geddes.

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Trent Geddes

1985 – 1990

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A four time letterwinner, Trent led the team as most valuable 3 years. As a Senior, he was the individual champion in 6 meets. Trent’s time of 16:12 at the State Meet, is the third fastest ever for a Cub. He was the State runner-up to Joel Cosgrove his Junior year. As a Senior, the day after getting out of the hospital, Trent won his third State medal taking 8th.

David Farnsworth

1991 – 1996

By the time he completed his 6th year of Cross Country, David Farnsworth earned more medals than any other runner in school history, with 51. He also leads with career miles, 1937, and 4th fastest State time for a Cub, 16:20. David was a 3 time All State runner with a best finish of runner up his Sophomore year. He was Chamberlain’s Most Valuable all four of his high school years.  Dave ran for USD after graduation.

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T. Jay Sanderson

1996-2001

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As Chamberlain's firstAll American athlete, T. Jay amassed a long list of credentials.  Undefeated his senior year, he won the State Meet in 2001, after being the runner-up in 1999 and 2000.  A 3 time All State runner, T. Jay was also the state record holder on the Rapid City course with a 16:12.  T. Jay was a 6 year letterwinner; the Cubs most valuable for 5 of them.  Over a career of 1654 miles he won 48 medals.  T. Jay ranfor Southwest Baptist University in Missouri.

 

Gene Morrison

2004-2005

 While only running as a Cub for 2 years, Gene dominated the competition both years.  His Sophomore year, he became Chamberlain's 4th Class A State Champion.  He made All-American that year.  The following year, Gene won the State Runner-up.  GeneGene

Kristen Mohror

2002 - 2005

  kristen A four year letterwinner, Kristen was the most valuable for three.  She was the top runner on two State Championship teams, and one runner up team.  Kristen holds the season record of 12 season medals, 4th in career medals with 36, as well as state placer; 4th, 5th and 5th.  As a college runner, she placed 2nd in the nation representing the University of Oregon track club.
 

Ella Byers

2013 - 2018

    Ella Byers became Chamberlain's first two time All-American, and first female state champion. She placed 10th at the State Meet as an 8th grader.  Her Freshman year, she went undefeated, winning State and setting a State record. That year she was named Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year for SD.  Ella placed 4th at State as a Sophomore.  She didn't race her Junior year for health reasons.  After recovering from a track season stress fracture, Ella during her Senior season went on to win State for a second time.  Her time of 18:23 broke her own State record. She has a record 26 wins including 21 consecutive championships. Ella plans to run for USD.     

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