Charles City, Iowa – Over the last couple of years, the Charles City Comets have lost three students who were part the running community. The cross-country season is starting up soon and they will do their part in honoring them.
TJ Houdek, Logan Luft, and Trent Smith all had ties with the cross-country team before their lives were taken. Smith was a state qualifier multiple times, Houdek was considered to be what a cross country athlete and teammate should be, and Luft helped his team win the 7th grade, class 3A state title.
The Comets wore a black band on their uniforms in honor Smith and Houdek last season, but now Luft will be honored as well.
On August 31st, Charles City will host their annual middle school and high school invite at Wildwood Municipal Park. The high school race will be called the TJ Houdek Memorial Run, with the middle school race being called the Logan Luft Memorial Race. These two races are part of the Trent Smith Invitational.