EL DORADO — Union Mine senior Jonathon Detillion, junior William Winter and sophomores Aaron Jonas and Keis Verleur were recognized at halftime of last Friday’s D’backs’ football game as new members of the Union Mine 300 Mile Club.
The four covered that distance between May 26 and September 2 at the urging of new incoming cross country coach Mark Indgjer who brought forward the idea from his high school days. Freshman Allison Babbage just missed the mark, finishing with 280.
Upon taking over the team last May, Indgjer installed the 100-day program, averaging out to three miles per day, in preparation of the upcoming fall season. Individuals who accomplished the goal received special t-shirts and recognition on the school’s daily DBTV broadcast.
Each month the athletes were required to submit a daily log of their mileage. More than a dozen signed up from several sports to participate. Indgjer set up a calendar and Website and held group runs three days a week that attracted other teens to run.
The plan is to increase the mileage to 500 next summer. Indgjer’s team when he prepped topped out at 1,000 miles his junior and senior years.
“I told the team I would make them run anything that I wasn’t willing to do myself,” Indgjer said. “ I am very proud of the recipients and also of those who ran over the summer but didn’t reach the goal. They did something that benefited their health and the school.”