Coed Varsity Cross Country · Cross country: An athletes perspective


By Junior Jack Culp

Special to hfathletics.com

Cross Country.

Running? Can we call that a real sport?

Well for the Holy Family team, running is not merely a sport, it is a way of life. Several of the runners on the team have over five hundred miles on their legs in dedicated preparation for regional and state meets.

The team has come a long way this season and it hasn’t been all fun and games, though they may joke about doing any other sport during a run.

This season has the potential to take the Tigers to state as a team, and the past few meets have reflected that reality.

The varsity boys placed third, with two runners in the top ten at the Mead Stampede and the girl’s team won The Mead Stampede with junior Alyssa Wells placing first in the race with a quarter mile between herself and second place.

Recently the Tigers traversed the Pat Amato Invitational, a course perfect for PR’s.

“Pat Amato is a really competitive race, so run fast” is what the coaches said to the team before prerace routines.

The key to this race is to get out of the box fast so you don’t end up getting trampled in the midst of the pack, since the race bottlenecks at the start. Several members of the team used this to their advantage and used a wall formation to prevent other teams from passing them. This tactic worked well and several members of varsity finished within seconds of each other.

The Holy Family Cross Country Team stands ready to tackle their penultimate regular season meet on Tuesday the 8th at the League Course. One thing is for sure, you don’t want to get in between these runners and a State title.

 

–Note: The girls won the league title on Tuesday afternoon at Frederick and the boys placed fourth. More pictures to come from that, stay tuned to hfathletics.com