Boys cross country starts strong

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Sophomore Zachary Balzer runs in the varsity race against Oswego East on Aug. 29. Minooka's boys team is currently 3-1 on the season.

Talan Stange, Sports Media class

Covid has impacted the way that the boys cross country team prepares, but that does not stop the runners from becoming better.

They look improve even more this season.

“We have seen many kids make a big jump because that drive, that motivation is there,” head coach Kevin Gummerson said.

Last year, the boys cross country team was 2nd in the conference, and finished 9th in state.  That was their best state finish since 1977.

This season, the team has been limited thus far to dual meets.

“We will get a chance to run in some big meets. I don’t know when, but when we do, we will be ready,” Gummerson said.

Some of these players have been working really hard on their running skills. Over quarantine they have practiced running and gotten better and faster. They were motivated to become better than they were before.

“If you want it bad enough, you’ll find a way,” Gummerson said.

The boys cross country team started their season on Aug. 26 with a win against Plainfield North. They are currently 3-1 on the year.

Their next meet is home against West Aurora on Sept. 19.  They will run at Central Campus.