By: Shianna Pennington
The 2016 Cross Country Team started practicing August 1, and they practice everyday at Cedar Lakes at 6. They do something different each day. One day is for hill sprints and another is for long distance running. They all eat a pasta dinner together the day before a meet, so they all eat together Friday at practice.
“I enjoy cross country. It’s not that I enjoy running, but I truly enjoy my team and how close we all are. The biggest joy is using it as a stress reliever, I always feel so much better after a run.” said senior Laurel Miller
Making it to states and achieving new PR’s, which are personal records, are the team’s main goals. During a race, each member runs on their own, but their placement in the race determines the team score. The lower the score, the better the team places. They compete once a week, and that is typically on Saturdays.
“Competing against other members of the team, and injuries such as splints. The heat also slows us down.” are some challenges the team faces as a whole, according to senior Sarah Victory.
At the Chick-Fil-A Invitational September 10, Laurel Miller forfeited the race to save another runner.
While running, Miller came upon a girl who had passed out while running. The girl was unresponsive, so Miller ran to get help. She found her coach and a parent, and they did some basic first aid and stayed with her until the EMS got there.
“I had to forfeit the race to help that girl, but no race is worth a runner’s life.” said Miller. “I was definitely in the right place at the right time.”
The Cross Country team has two home meets, October 8 and 12, so come out and support the team and our school!