Unlike normal this time of year, mother nature reared her ugly head in full force with a lot of rain over the area across the last two weeks. One of the big downsides to the amount of rain received is the hampered conditions set on various high school cross country courses.

That was the case presenting itself before Ballard High School who was set to host the Raccoon River Conference cross country meets in Huxley. However, due to poor field conditions, the site originally planned upon was unable to be used. That’s when ADM activities director Reece Satre and a host of individuals stepped in to save the day and hold the conference meet at ADM.

The start of the entrance to the course will be at the entrance of Tiger Drive next to Highway 169 and will go through the school’s trail system that goes near the south side of ADM Stadium. The course will take runners around the baseball and softball complex and even the grass practice field two times around. The race will end with one lap on the red surface of the ADM track before finishing on the football field turf.

As they were set to be, the Ballard Bombers will still host today’s meet. Reece Satre explained that several Ballard Community School members will arrive early today to assist with the preparation of the meet itself.

Last year the Ballard Bombers claimed the girls’ conference title while the Carlisle Wildcats earned the conference top spot in the boys’ race. Both Tiger teams placed third last fall in their respective conference meets. Today only the varsity runners will compete in the conference make-up with the girls’ race beginning at 5 p.m. with the boys to follow at 5:30 p.m.