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Notre Dame, Neenah open cross country seasons

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Neenah and Notre Dame opened the cross country season on Monday. (WLUK){ }

KIMBERLY (WLUK) -- The Neenah and Notre boys and girls cross country teams lined up for their season-opening race Monday and outside the teams there were no fans, just coaches and meet personnel.

However, after dealing with COVID-19 since mid-March it was just good to compete again.

Notre Dame sophomore made quite a statement, winning the girls race in 21:23.60 -- it was her first high school cross country meet -- while Neenah's Austin Henderson ran circles around the boys' field, winning in a time of 17:22.92.

"There weren't as many people here as usual but our coaches were really supportive and everyone was still cheering us on so the energy was definitely still there," Conway said.

"It's always great having your first meet back, just coming off quarantine it's really good to be out here with the guys with Neenah and try to achieve some goals we have this year," Henderson said.

Notre Dame-Neenah girls results

Conway had no expectations to win Monday and surprised herself as she won running away.

"That definitely was a surprise," Conway said. "I was not expecting to do as well as I did. I have really supportive teammates and they really helped me out.

Notre Dame-Neenah boys results

"My goal was to get out there and basically get experience in case we don't have any moments later on just to get some hand-on running time."

As for Henderson, he was pleased he won and said Monday's meet was all about starting out in a comfortable pace.

"The conditions were great," Henderson said. "Personally, I would like to have run a little faster. You have to start slow and progress throughout the season, so I'm happy with it."

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