EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – Young runners from across the state are in Eau Claire with their families this weekend for a special event. a local golf course transformed into a cross country field in the annual home-school state championship.
A common misconception of homeschooling is that kids miss out on activities like being apart of sports teams. Saturday morning, hundreds of students proved the opposite as they competed in Wisconsin's Home School Cross Country Championship.
more than 200 home schooled runners from around the state competed in the annual event. the seven competing teams included middle and high school boys and girls. the meet was held at hickory hills golf course for the second year in a row.
throughout the year, home school students participate in invitational meets with public schools but are not allowed to compete in wiaa cross country state finals. this event was created to give them the opportunity to experience a state championship.
some of today's winners share what that opportunity means to them. "It’s a cool experience because it is home school, when you hear that, you don't think competitive but when you come here and you see, this is a real meet," says high school senior, Spencer Kirsteatter. 15 year-old Havilah Pfarr says competing in Cross Country is special to her. "It’s an individual sport, so you're competing for yourself and your own goals but also for your team, and you're running for them so they're pushing you."
Organizers say this is a unique opportunity for home schooled students to work together as a team and gives runners something to look forward to at the end of the season. this is the event's 7th year.