Friday, September 6, 2013

Cross country sprinting towards the finish line

Coming off of the accomplishments of a successful season can be difficult for every sports team. The question of continuing to improve or failing to reach the previous year’s potential can be a hindrance on every player. Thankfully, the Vikings cross country team isn’t letting the pressure get to their heads. Senior Molli Cunningham was positive about the current season.
                “We’ve been practicing really hard to rank high in regionals and qualify for states.”
                Last year’s cross country team was among the most successful Vikings sports of the year. The boys ranked 1st at our regional meet and made it to states where they ranked 5th. To say it was an exceptional year is an understatement.
                However, this year is looking just as promising. According to senior Jake Casto, “Eating my wheaties and working hard” are just a few of the changes he’s made to improve upon his running times. Casto, an avid cross country and track runner, claims that his goal is to beat the 5k record this year, something that he was clearly preparing for considering he was doing pushups against a locker as he declared this goal.
                The Covered Bridge Invitational, Ripley’s home meet, will be on September 21 at Cedar Lakes. Everyone is encouraged to attend to motivate and support the cross country team to excel. This year’s regional meet will also be located at Cedar Lakes, but the date has yet to be announced.
Another year of excellence for the Vikings cross country team is likely. The dedication that the cross country team has proven has clearly been passed on to the current team which will assuredly have a season to remember.

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