Both runners have been superb for head coach David Zwank this season, having finished as top-10 medalists in seemingly every meet to this point. That includes the district meet last week in Winterset, where Berger finished 5th in the boys’ 5k and Mueller placed 6th in the girls 4k.
Zwank says tomorrow’s meet will undoubtedly present Berger and Mueller with their biggest challenge of the season, going up against the best of the best in Class 3-A.
“It’s a whole different environment because there, pretty much everybody runs fast but obviously I’m sure they (Berger and Mueller) have their sights set pretty high.”
Zwank says he doesn’t have any specific expectations for either runner entering tomorrow’s race in terms of a projection as to where they might finish. He just wants to see them to end the season on a high note.
“Go and make sure that when you’re done with that race you don’t have any regrets, you don’t feel like you could have run any harder and then let the chips fall where they may. You can’t control any of the racers out there on the course… I just want them to be able to walk away from that day, it’s always a fun day knowing that they left it out there on the course.”
Mueller will take off first tomorrow in the Class 3-A girls’ race at noon. Berger runs just a half hour later at 12:30 in the 3-A boys’ race. The state meet is being held at the Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge.