Saturday was a great day for Whippet Nation. Coach Dirk Seibold was honored in the 15th running of the Whitewater Cross Country Alumni meet. The turnout was tremendous and there wasn’t a person that didn’t share a smile, a hand shake, or hug with Coach Seibold. Beyond all the championships and success that his era of coaching produced, it was the deep relationships, lasting memories, and positive mentoring that was so highly regarded by his athletes. Coach Seibold was for the athletes each and every day of his career. He led by example and coached every athlete to the finish line no matter what number or level of race they competed in. Coach Seibold is the reason why Whitewater Cross Country is a household name to those that know running. The race itself was a great battle between the Whippet Alums and the current Whippet runners. On both sides, the alumni proved to have too much experience and took home both victories with the alumni women and men scoring a 23-32 victory over the more youthful legs of the Whippet runners. Top runners in the race were junior Allisan Barrett and Nicole Tomomitsu finishing 2nd and 5th but the top alumni women of Liz Mielke (1st), Teresa Stanley (3rd) and Jen Taylor (4th) were too much up front and helped secure the victory. On the men’s side, the Whippets ran well together having a nice pack but lacked the upfront power the alumni possessed. Brett Harms was victorious again, followed by Joel Tortomasi (3rd) and Dennis Bauer in 4th. Coach Seibold’s impact is simply immeasurable; the number of people that took time out of their busy adult lives was a great indication of the fact that he is truly one of a kind. Alumni from near and far (California and Georgia!) came to make this a special day. In addition to the alumni, I’d like to thank the parents that helped the event run smoothly, all the alumni and families of these alums for attending, Ken from Rocky's for his help with lunch as well as community members that came to show their praise to Coach Seibold.