Luke Panther and Joel Brault

(pictured from left) Junior Luke Panther and senior Joel Brault from the 2021 Alexandria Boys' Cross Country Running team were interviewed during the second volume of the year's "Quality Cardinal Athlete Profile" series, which aired October 9th. 

(undated) -- The former "Athlete of the Week" feature has a new name for the 2021-22 school year: the Quality Cardinal Athlete Profile, sponsored by Quality Toyota of Fergus Falls, and here is the second volume of the series.

Two student-athletes from the Alexandria Boys' Cross Country Running squad -- junior Luke Panther and senior Joel Brault -- were nominated for the KXRA Quality Cardinal Athlete Profile for the period ending October 8th, 2021. Their Head Coach, Travis Hochhalter nominated Joel and Luke for the Quality Cardinal Athlete Profile discussion.

Joel and Luke spoke with KXRA Sports Director Dave McClurg during the days leading up to the Lions Meet of Champions, which was held on Saturday, October 9th at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center. The two athletes shared some background on how long they have been involved in the sport of cross country and what influenced them to compete in the sport.

When asked about their races that they have competed in during the 2021 season, Luke and Joel had similar responses on what they felt was the performance that they were most pleased with. The two distance runners also shared what type of weather they like to compete in (with Luke providing a humorous response of his attitude about running when it's warm and humid). The temperatures can be summer-like at the start of the cross country season, with the prospect of sub-freezing temperatures and a few of winter's trappings facing the two during the key post-season meets ahead.

In the days since the conversation aired on KXRA, both Joel and Luke represented the Alexandria Cardinals at the Lions meet on October 9th. Luke finished his five-kilometer run with a time of 19:15.9, as the sun came out through the clouds and humidity in the minutes leading up to the Varsity race on Saturday. After missing the chance to run in the Lions Meet during his junior year (the event was cancelled due to mitigation applied last fall to prevent the aggressive spread of COVID-19), Joel earned a finish in the top 35 Saturday afternoon, completing his race with a time of 17:20.    

Access the Quality Cardinal Athlete Profile with Joel Brault and Luke Panther by activating the audio player below. The conversation aired on KXRA Saturday morning, October 9th and is approximately five minutes in length.    

Each Varsity team at Alexandria Area High School will be highlighted once in season for the Quality Cardinal Athlete Profile. The conversations typically air between 9:45 and 10 a.m. Saturdays following the KXRA "Home Grown" radio program, which is hosted by Linda Kellerman. During the fall season, the Quality Cardinal Athlete Profile programs will air the first three Saturdays in October, then will be scheduled to air on Saturdays from October 30th through November 27th. 

The Quality Cardinal Athlete Profile is sponsored during the 2021-22 school year on 1490 AM/100.3 and 105.7 FM, KXRA by Quality Toyota of Fergus Falls. How far would you drive for a great deal from Quality Toyota....what's your number?