When you think about dedication of an athlete a couple sports come to mind. Football, rugby, basketball, baseball.
But one might escape your immediate thought: cross country. The cross country team is always going full speed.
The team practices in the early hours of the morning to prepare for their intense meets. Hard work is something that the runners know very well. It takes serious skill to run mile after mile while keeping a strict time and a quick pace. Many athletes infer that they could easily complete the daunting tasks that the runners do day after day. Whether this is true, it is yet to be unearthed and still remains as a question among many.
All relevant questions aside, the team has been undoubtedly successful so far this season. Cross Country runners have competed in many meets so far, including the Woodlands High School Invitational, Brenham, and Friday Night Lights. All these geared towards getting runners involved in high intensity competition.
“We competed in the Woodland’s High School meet, Brenham, and Friday Night Lights; all of these public school meets are so our athletes run against top competition.”
-Nathan Labus, Head Coach
Labus has high hopes for the rest of the season. After an excellent finish at district with seniors James Hebert and Wyatt George claiming first and second place respectively, the state meet is in reach and coming up quickly.
The Eagles plan to compete at the state meet October 31. Most students will be either trick or treating or enjoying a nice casual get-together with friends. Others watching their favorite college football team play against another collegiate opponent.
On the other side of the state the team will be putting in work whilst running among top competitors from the great state of Texas. Although not the typical way to spend the fabled holiday of Halloween, the runners will be trying to grasp a state title.
Labus plans to bring a full basket full of runners to grapple the opposition at the meet. Top runners include George, Hebert, Chris Kjellquist, Matthew Coughlin, Lars Koehen, Luis Sanchez and Zach Colby. All truly athletes of the night, and a coach’s dream team. That is when all athletes are healthy.
“We do our best when all of our runners are healthy,” Labus said. “We’ve had some injuries lately. Zach Colby pulled his hammy a bit so I had to rest him. Hopefully everyone will be good to go for state.”
Hammy pulls are truly a pain in the ole rear end. Colby continues to heal from his minor hamstring pull. Labus decided to rest him for a couple weeks in order to let him heal to 100%. Hebert also suffered a sickness that has held him from his alleged four-minute mile.
There is no doubt that once all the Eagle runners are feeling their best they perform at their highest. They continue to get hyped for the state meet by continuing to practice and improve their times. If you are looking for a true representation of athleticism, look no further than the cross country team.