High School Sports

Prep Team of the Month: Madison East boys cross country

Team supports teammates recovery

MADISON, Wis. - The Madison East High School boys cross country team has been selected as the Prep Mania Team of the Month.

John Groat is a four-year runner for the Purgolders cross country team, but he almost didn't participate in the sport, but a friend talked him into it.

He spent the summer of 2012 rehabbing a shin injury suffered in his junior year and everything was going well until things changed in August. 

Groat was hit by a car in an East Side parking lot and suffered a punctured lung, a broken collarbone and broken ribs.


But just six weeks later, Groat was able to return to competition, thanks to hard work and the support of his teammates.

Groat and his Purgolder teammates will run in the WIAA Cross Country Sectional at the Yahara Hills Running Course Saturday.

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