Girls Cross Country pushes through their season

Even though the cross country team has put in a lot of effort through two-a-days in the summer and everyday practice, the season took a little longer to get started this year this fall.

“We haven’t gotten as much racing experience lately with the weather,” said junior Ellie Roorda.

With a couple rained out practices, the first home meet canceled due to lightning, and two meets getting postponed because of wet courses, the cross country team is just praying that they can get rolling with meets.

“Cross country has been challenging because we’ve had to change workouts and meets. Plus, when we can run, you have to be mentally tough throughout the workouts and meets,” said senior Makayla Kruse.

But even though, the weather, mental and physical challenges has put stress on the cross country team, on September 5, the girls won the Carlisle meet.

“It felt really good because we weren’t ranked before the meet, and it was a really close race, “ explained Kruse.  

Kruse believes the team members support each and other and push each other to better runners. Roorda agrees.

“We are really close and celebrate each others wins and successes,” said Roorda.

It’s easy for the girls to be a unified team when they all want one thing and already have their eyes on the final prize.  

“I hope to make it to state and my ultimate dream is of winning state,” said Kruse.