Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Cross Country gets motivated

Julianna Slominski, Jack Slominski, and Sam Lombardi
Staff Writers

With returning members and new runners alike, the cross country team is working toward a victorious season.
  Head Coach Clarke, Coach Kunkel, and Coach Kramli are anticipating a winning season. The head coach’s motto is, “If you train with the slow and sluggish, then you will become slow and sluggish.”
  Preseason consisted of speed drills, distance runs, and grueling athlete-run exercises. On a typical day there were double practice sessions to build up a high base mileage. The hot temperatures didn’t hinder the athletes’ training. With careful guidance from the coaches, preseason was a huge success.
  This year, captains Jake Dupont, Hannah Singer, and Bradley Neumann are keeping the team motivated and leading by example. Hannah took a break from cross country her junior year but has returned with a promising start this year. Bradley  continually improves his 5K time. His personal record is now a staggering six minutes shorter that of his freshmen year time. The last of the three captains, Jake, has been to the state competition for the past three years and is looking forward for the chance to qualify again.
  At the Abington Invitational on Sept. 12, Julia Mycek ran an impressive 5k with a time of 20:04 to claim sixth place overall in her race. Joshua House impressed everyone with a time of 17:51 to claim 27th place during his 5K. Josh typically averages under six minutes per mile.

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