Runners fare well at Harper meet

FREDERICKSBURG'S TRAVIS KOENIG races against an Ozona runner during the Sept. 14 Jacob Krebs Cross Country Invitational in Harper. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

By Richard Zowie —


Fredericksburg High School’s boys and girls varsity cross country teams took first and second place, respectively, Sept. 14 at the Jacob Krebs Cross Country Invitational in Harper, which was renamed to honor the former Longhorn runner who died April 1.

The FHS boys cross country team then received their trophy for winning the event, but did something unusual with it.

Instead of the trophy being displayed for years to come at the FHS athletics trophy display, the entire cross country team signed the trophy and returned it to the Krebs family.

The trophy and invitational are named in memory of Krebs, a Harper runner who died April 1 in a drowning accident. Krebs had enlisted in the Navy and was training to eventually enter the Navy SEAL program.

His mother, father and younger sister were there to present the trophy, which had on it a United States flag and an eagle. For the Krebs’ family, the eagle on the trophy has two special meanings: Krebs was an Eagle Scout, and the Navy SEAL logo has an eagle on it.

Fredericksburg cross country head coach Dan Aldrich said returning the trophy is something being done in honor of Krebs and all that his family has done to donate their son’s organs to other people.

The cross country team will travel to San Antonio on Saturday, Sept. 21 as it will participate in the UTSA Six Flags/Fiesta Texas Ricardo Romo Cross Country Classic.

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