Cross Country: Struggles and Strives
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As school begins students start to notice that tests are soon approaching and assignments are due in every class. As we veer away from the academics of Brashier, we look into the athletic side of the school. Most of the sports at Brashier have either begun or are getting ready to begin serious conditioning. Every sport has its struggles,and can be very competitive out on the field, court, or track. This year we look at the Girls’ and Guys’ cross country and what they have to overcome over this year.
“Not having enough girls to initially start a team is kind of frustrating, it’s going to be harder to get our ranks and we start to get closer to state. It will most definitely be a rebuilding year for our team this year, we lost a lot of great runners but, I think we have already made big improvements,” says Junior cross country runner, Hannah Roller.
There is a lot of talk about the girls cross country team and their struggle to find new runners that could replace the ones that left last year. This year the girls have no seniors, and the team consists mostly of new runners.
“I think we haven’t had a huge atmosphere change, we have lost a couple of girls and that has brought out a little bit of the family effect. Although the slight change, I think the new girls coming in filled that void and made it feel the same again,” says Roller
Although their struggles Roller hopes for great endings for the team. She believes that this team will create a very strong mutual bond and will turn out great.
“I hope to grow a lot closer with the girls, I feel like out of all the sports at Brashier, cross country has the strongest family atmosphere. I have participated in most sports at Brashier and I feel a much stronger bond in cross country,” says Roller.
On the other side of things we see the guys cross country team with more runners than intended. As Brashier athletics start to grow the competitiveness to get on the team increases.. Sadly, the boy’s team had to cut some members from the team this year.
“Considering I was on the team freshman year and sophomore year, without tryouts, it’s really exciting knowing that I got on the team with tryouts,” says Junior runner Jakob Weber.
The team feels confident about this season, but also a tad bit defeated knowing that that the team is smaller.
“We were a lot bigger this year, and the school is no longer letting us have a varsity and a JV. It made me a little upset seeing that we lost some really good runners, and it also made us lose a bit of our depth. Considering that we don’t have a JV team, we don’t have runners to replace the runners that will leave after this season. I still love it, but it is not as fun,” says Junior Will Trone.
Although being slightly upset, the team still has high hopes for this season.
“I hope to win region with my team, and make all-state runner!” says Trone.
Compared to the girls team, we see the guys have had a huge atmosphere change from last season to present.
“We lost most of our guys that we got along with so well and they were mostly replaced by freshman, so new faces and new personalities have made a huge impact on the team’s atmosphere,” says Weber.