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Middleton girls cross country coach Alexa Richardson earns state honor

Middleton girls cross country coach Alexa Richardson earns state honor

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Middleton head coach, Alexa Richardson, huddles with her team before the Wisconsin WIAA Division 1 high school sectional cross country meet at Lake Farm County Park on Saturday, 10/26/19 in Madison. The Middleton girls team finished in first place, with a score of 35 points.

Middleton’s Alexa Richardson was selected by the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association as the recipient of the National Federation of High School Associations' Coaches Association's 2020-21 cross country coach of the year award for Wisconsin.

Middleton was the 2021 girls cross country state champion in the WIAA’s alternate fall season last spring.

Middleton's Lauren Pansegrau was the individual champion. 

Annually, the NFHS recognizes one coach from each state for significant achievement in their sports, according to a release from the organization and distributed by Middleton.

State level recipients then are considered for NFHS sectional recognition. National coaches of the year are chosen from sectional winners.

Award recipients are selected based on criteria including coaching record, background, coaching honors and involvement in community and school organizations, according to the release.

About 1,000 coaches are recognized at the state level, 168 coaches at the sectional level and 21 at the national level. Wisconsin coaches are in Section 4, representing Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Richardson, the former Alexa Renstrom, ran at La Crosse Central and the University of Wisconsin,


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Jon Masson covers high school sports for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has covered a variety of sports — including the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin men's and women's basketball and volleyball — since he first came to the State Journal in 1999.

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