Obermann garners Region Cross Country Coach of the Year award


CRESCO - Crestwood Girls’ and Boys’ Cross Country Head Coach Jim Obermann was recognized for achievement at the Howard-Winneshieck School Board Meeting on Dec. 11 by receiving the Class 2A Girls’ Region Cross Country Coach of the Year award. 
Only five regional high school cross country coaches throughout Iowa receive this award annually. The award is presented by the Iowa High School Track and Field and Cross Country Association.
Obermann, who has coached the Cadet girls’ and boys’ cross country teams since 2004, guided the 2017 Crestwood girls’ team to first place with 42 points at the 2A State Qualifier Meet in Dike on Oct. 19. 
Competing at the State Meet on Oct. 28 in Fort Dodge, the Crestwood girls’ squad finished fourth out of 15 teams with 131 points. Individually, three Cadet runners finished in the top 15 at State: Ellie Friesen (third), Cassidy Ihns (11th), and Hope Dohlman (13th).
Two Crestwood boys (Nathan Martinek and Bryden Juelsgaard) also competed at the State Meet in 2017. Obermann has also served as the Crestwood girls’ cross country coach since 1997.
Obermann said he was happy to receive the award because it is a good reflection of Crestwood’s successful cross country season in 2017.
“We (the girls’ team) had a very good year with some very good runners on the team,” Obermann said. “I think the success of your kids leads to your success.
“We had a lot of good, talented runners on both the girls’ and boys’ teams this year. Our kids worked very hard to maximize their talents, and the kids know how to work hard. 
“The award is reflection of how the kids listen and strive to get better in every meet. We had a lot of great kids on both teams from top to bottom. This award shows the overall strength of our cross country program at Crestwood,” Obermann said.
The coach noted Assistant Coaches Karen Steffen and Rich Wicks deserve a lot of  credit for the girls’ and boys’ success.
“This award is a great reflection on all the Crestwood coaches,” Obermann said. “It’s very fulfilling to have great success because the kids can feel good (about what they achieved). This creates a positive atmosphere for the program and inspires the kids to see what they can do.”

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