Mathias Krein named Spartan Athlete of the Week
Sophomore cross country runner Mathias Krein has been named Spartan Athlete of the Week.
Mathias, the son of Claus and Kris Krein of Sparta, turned in a personal best time of 20:27.8 Thursday to help the Sparta boys cross country team finish in second place at the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau Invitational.
Mathias also finished the 5,000-meter race more than two minutes faster than he did a year ago on the same course at Ettrick Golf Course.
Sparta cross country coach Jean Roddick said Mathias worked extremely hard over the summer to prepare himself for Sparta’s 2015 campaign.
Mathias was a junior varsity runner for the Spartan harriers last season, but his hard work and dedication in the off-season earned him a varsity spot this year.
Mathias also is a standout wrestler for Sparta, earning a varsity letter as a member of last year’s Mississippi Valley Conference championship team.