The boys and girls cross country team had their mind on one goal: to advance to the Regional championships as a team.
Though the boys team lost an athlete, many boys stepped up to help the team advance.
“If the team scores well in Sectionals, which I believe we will, we will be able to move onto Regionals as a team. Even though we don’t have one of varsity and senior leaders, Dawson Voguel, a lot of new members have stepped up to fight for the varsity spots,” sophomore Conner Watson said.
New members are also helping the girls have a better chance of advancing.
“I think we will score pretty well at Sectionals. There is going to be a lot of competition, but we have done really well this year and defeated a few teams that are in Sectionals. I believe that the team has a really good chance of going to Regionals this year. We have all improved a lot from last year and have gotten a few new runners who have contributed really well to the team,” sophomore Selena Pinon said.
The boys are hoping all of their work will pay off for the Sectional meet.
“It would be a huge deal to advance to regionals considering it’s been a long time since it last happened. Also, just knowing how much time and effort our team put into this season would mean a lot to have that work pay off for the boys,” Watson said.
The girls team wants to do something memorable for the coaches’ last season.
“I would love it if we made Regionals as a team. I believe that the team deserves to go all together because we have been working hard all year for this. It is also our coaches’ last year coaching us, so I would like to end it on a good note for them,” Pinon said.
The pre-season has made the boys feel more prepared for the Sectional race.
“The early part of the season was rough. Lots of hard work outs and long miles have put the team in the best physical shape we could be in. Also, we were able to learn a lot about how to run from our previous meets. Just when to kick and how to hold paces,” Watson said.
The girls are training on and off of practice and making healthy habits for the season.
“In order to train for Sectionals, I have been trying my best to stay hydrated, eat healthy food, go to bed at a decent time, and mentally prepare myself for the meet. The rest of the season has been preparing me for Sectionals by showing me what I can do, helping me improve, and helping me see how the competition is,” Pinon said.
The boys have many teams to watch out for during the Sectional race.
“One team to look out for is Center Grove who is currently ranked Top Five in the state for cross country. Also, we really want to compete with Whiteland, who has Will Jefferson, a two time State qualifier who is really a really strong runner. Also there’s Franklin, who doesn’t have the star power as Whiteland, but makes up for it with consistently low scores from their Top Five. Nevertheless, our team isn’t scared to face these teams. We know that our efforts, coaches, and teammates have put us exactly where we need to be to move on,” Watson said.
The girls are watching for both big and small schools when competing during Sectionals.
“Typically, we have to look out for big, well-known schools, such as Whiteland or Franklin. Those are the teams that score very well in meets. However, we also have to look out for schools close to us scoring wise that we have to focus on passing, such as Roncalli,” Pinon said.