Girls cross country has top 10 finish

Zach Grayson, Sports Media class

The girls varsity cross country team capped off their season by placing ninth out of 90 teams at the state meet on Nov. 8. 

This was the end of a successful year for the Indians. They also placed second in the conference meet.

One thing stood out from the team, and that was their chemistry. They were able to push each other at every meet and run as a unit. 

“We are all very close and hang out a ton off the course. I can’t imagine having a new coach (in college) and teammates next year,” senior Julia Dames said.

Dames is one of many leaders for the Indians. She made sure to emphasize that chemistry and running as a team is important to a successful team. 

“When you are running for more than yourselves, you tend to push yourself a lot more.  I know in one of her breakthrough races, Audrey Boles told me that she was hurting so bad on the second mile that she wanted to quit.  However, at that moment, she thought about her team, and she knew they were counting on her. She had no choice but to keep battling,” head coach Kevin Gummerson said.

These results did not come easy. They came from hard work put in during the long offseason. 

“My favorite workout was the paint stick workout. You would run for four minutes then drop the paint brush where you finished. You would then go back to the starting spot and run for another 4 minutes trying to get further and further each time,” freshman Ella McCullum said.

Boles, while being a sophomore, was able to place 33rd in state and barely missed being an all-state runner. She was named all conference and ran the Indians fastest 3-mile at 17:34.