XC teams achieve running start with 6 medals at Lucy Park meet

Candace Taggart., Features Editor

The girls and boys cross country teams ran in Seymour Wed. 14. Both varsity teams competed at the Lucy Park meet Wed. 8.
“We returned from the first meet with six medals,” Amy Huseman, cross country coach, said. “That’s a huge success for the beginning of the season.”
Junior Kassidy Marin placed 11th at last week’s meet with a time of 14:48.
“The start to this season has been tough, but it’s slowly getting better,” Marin said. “The humidity has made practice harder and waking up early is never easy.”
The varsity boys team consists of two first-time runners freshman Luke Deerinwater and junior Chase Curry.
“Having a new group of boys is exciting and encouraging,” Huseman said. “They are both energetic and fun to coach.”

Curry said one of his goals for the season is to place top 10 at district and run a 20-minute 3 mile. “So far the season’s been good,” he said. “Right now, I’m just getting in shape and working on lowering my time.”
Deerinwater said waking up early for practices makes it hard to like cross country.
“The first meet didn’t go well because us boys were up against some impressive competition,” he said. “But, I’m going to put more time in and hope to run a sub 20 minute 3 mile before the season is over.”
Marin said the team just needs more practice for improvement in future meets.
“My goal for this season is to have a better placing at the region meet,” she said. “I would also like to beat my personal record of 13 minutes 26 seconds.”
Huseman said the kids in cross country are fun to be around and work hard to achieve their goals each and every day.
“The biggest goal for the year is to get as many people as possible to the region meet and possibly some to state,” she said.

The start to this season has been tough, but it’s slowly getting better,”

— junior Kassidy Marin