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Q&A with The Independent Schools Janelle Stallbaumer – Team Spotlight – Presented by Visit Wichita

The Independent School’s Cross Country Coach Janelle Stallbaumer recently completed and interview with VYPE to talk about this year’s team.

VYPE: What are the goals of the team this season?

We had a young team last year, five freshmen and one rookie junior for the boys and a lone Freshman girl. So this year’s goals are to improve times from last season, place higher in meets, and score better as a team. We would like to qualify some runners for State.

VYPE: What was the team’s best moment from last season?

Having enough boys to run as a team and watching them become really good friends.

VYPE: What is the team’s favorite memory together?

The van rides to and from meets.

VYPE: What has been the biggest impression the team has made on you (the coach), and why?

They are just really hard workers and have bought into what needs to happen to become better runners.

VYPE: What is your favorite part of working with this team?

The conversations that we have on long runs and I am riding my bike beside them.

VYPE: Does the team participate in any community service projects?

Not yet, working on that.

Stallbaumer also shared “Three of the team members are also on STUCO so they are busy planning for fall events as well as what they do for practice.”

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