by Gunner Ellsworth – Staff Reporter
Three point one miles. This is the distance a cross country has to trek, uphill and down running through rain, snow, sleet, or hail. Niklas Henning, a Varsity cross country runner speaks to the wear and tear a runner goes through both mentally dealing with motivation, and physically, “Being motivated to run and run faster is the hardest part. The last mile of the race when you have no energy left, or murder Monday.” Says Henning.
Murder Monday is the hardest workout of the week. This is because meets are usually on Wednesday, so the team wants to space out the harder workouts so they are not tired for the meet. Cross country this year is looking like it will go to districts, which is a great accomplishment.
These runners have worked hard all season in preparation for the league meet, and if they run fast enough they can make it passed the league meet and in to districts. This change is a better outcome for this year. Henning looks forward to next year’s success because of this years freshman and next year’s seniors, “There are a lot of new freshman runners and upcoming seniors who will do great for our varsity next year, the most talent that I have ever seen, look forward to seeing how everyone does next year.” says Henning.
A tradition of the team is called spaghetti dinners; these dinners are a time for the team to eats tons of carbs (to give them more energy in the upcoming races) while having fun. At these dinners they all go to someone’s house and hang out. When I talked to Henning, he told me this was his favorite part of being on the team.
This tradition unifies the team, when the team becomes more unified, it makes all the members more comfortable with each other. When they are more comfortable they encourage each other, and produce better results. It’s a common misconception that cross country isn’t a team sport, but Henning on team unity says, “The team unity is there; we encourage each other to go the extra mile.