about The Cross country team
We have been to state 8 times with girls and 9 times with boys. The last time went to state as team was 2014, which both boys and girls qualified. We have been 4a last two years and were able to qualify Jace Watkins in 2016 and Seth Jarvis in 2017 as individiuals.
This is an incrediablly tough sport because action doesn’t end in 20 or 30 seconds. It is 16-25 minutes of continuous competition. This means that our atheltes have to, not only be well-conditioned, but have to have the ingredient that is most important to us as a team, GRIT.
You cannot hide in cross country. The beauty of the sport is that it is not only 4 individuals but a team element. This year we expected the boys to come in competing for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in our big meets, competing at league, and regionals to make state.
We had the 1st and 2nd place finishers at league in 2017. Our girls have surprised me as we have had some good new runners join the team and it gives this group a chance in 2018 to reach some levels that we werent sure we could reach. We now have a chance to fight for 1st or 2nd place at league and potentially qualify at regionals.
Of course, it is not up to the coaches, it is up to the individuals; how hard they want to work for themselves and the team. Another important element is that we have to stay healthy. Our goal each year is to be close to peaking at league and to peak at regionals and state.