Cross country girls prepare for exciting season

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Cross country girls prepare for exciting season

Carter Walsh and Zach Grayson

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The varsity girls cross country team is coming back this season with more drive and enthusiasm than ever before.  

After a 5th-place finish in the state last year, the girls are preparing for battle this year. With returning runners Julia Dames, Kathryn Cichon, Jocelyn Host and Audrey Boles, the team is expected by head coach Kevin Gummerson to yet again clinch a conference title and complete the year with a strong finish at state.

Along with the aforementioned veteran runners emerges a new wave of underclassmen who are expected to make it big this year.

“The underclassmen will be a huge help, the incoming freshmen competed on the state champion team in junior high and many sophomores ran last year at state,” senior Olivia Kics said.

Gummerson hopes to improve his athletes by adjusting workouts to focus on their running mechanics  to improve their movement and energy conservation in the long run. Although all these adjustments in workouts and training he wants the runners enthusiasm and spirit to remain the same and when the going gets tough.

“Lean into it,” Gummerson said.

Another thing that Gummerson wants in his athletes is drive. He wants the runners to always improve and to always look at the glass half full when in training.

Kics said she believes in her team and feels strong after the summer. She believes the whole team is well disciplined in their training and eating and believes that this season could be the one for state.

The girls have their first competition at the Normal West Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 31.