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Rams ready for rare run on home turf

OAK CREEK — The plan has always been for there to be a home Soroco High School cross country meet. After three years in existence, the team will finally play host to such an event for the first time.

The Rams will welcome a small group of teams to compete Saturday in Oak Creek.

"Yeah, they're pumped," Soroco coach Callie Anderson said. "It's a pretty hard course, but they like it, and there's a certain amount of pride in that we finally have some home turf."

That home turf is Rossi Meadows, at 503 Bell Ave, on the south edge of the town. It's not naturally a cross country course, and there aren't well-worn singletrack sections. But, it's an area that has plenty of potential for a fun course, and that's what the team is hoping it's created.

A track was mowed through the grass, and it includes plenty of off-road features, including a ditch that requires jumping over.

There should be four varsity high school teams on hand to compete, plus more than half a dozen middle-school squads.

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The varsity teams will run 5 kilometers, while the middle school teams will take on two miles. There will be a one-mile fun run open to the community at 8:30 a.m. The middle school races will start at 9 and 9:30 a.m., and the high school events will start at 10:05  and 10:35 a.m..

The Rams are hoping they'll have competitive high school teams to run on that course. The team is larger this year than it's ever been, and it features some big-time stars. Junior Chloe Veilleux leads the girls squad. She's the reigning Class 2A state champion.

She's joined by Kourtney Bruner, who qualified for state as a freshman, and two newcomers to the team, seniors Charlee Veilleux and Mattie Rossi. Both are standout track athletes trying cross country for the first time.

Ben Kelley leads the boys team, though he'll miss Saturday's race as he's building strength to return from an injury. Kelley, a senior, has finished 21st, eighth and fourth at the state championships in his three trips to that meet.

Also running for the boys will be Brad Veilleux, Alex Colby and Joshua Taing.

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