Patriots running for the state title

BISMARCK, ND - Cross Country season for high schools have just about met their end as teams prepare for state. The Bismarck High boys are among the few out of the West Region competing for the state title, and these defending champions have an inner-city rival team to look out for, the Century Patriots – a team that won the WDA this year, their first time since 1978. But that doesn’t mean that the West Region is easy to compete against.

Century’s Boys Cross Country coach Brad Lies said: "The region is tough. You've got Bismarck who's the 11-time defending state champs, and Williston's got a great team, Legacy's got a great team. You know there's great individuals on all teams in the WDA. You can't really take anything for granted in the WDA."

And Century is one of those teams that have all the right components for a great year.

"We've had a really good season and I think kind of what makes a good season is good dynamics. I mean good teammates, we have awesome teammates with our team, we have awesome competition throughout the entire state, here in Bismarck and everywhere else, and we have great coaches, as well," said junior runner for Century Evan Sayler.

"You know, I've got a lot of confidence in us, but there is a lot of talented teams,” said senior runner for Century Joseph Wolfe. ”You know BHS has been very dominant for a lot of years, there's a lot of great guys out there, a lot of good talent.”

The Class A State Championship for Cross Country will take place tomorrow on Saturday in Jamestown. The boys will begin the day of racing at 11 a.m. with the girls to follow at 11:45.