Girls cross country focused on post season

by Kristian Frisbey

“There is just a lot of excitement and enthusiasm for the sport. We have a lot of new freshmen who are always so ready to hop on new experiences and just go for it,” senior Elaina Hubner explains.

Already off to a strong start, the girls cross country team looks to earn their spot on the state podium as the season comes closing in.

Senior Elaina Hubner has many goals for both herself and the team in mind as this season winds down.

“I want to go all state again individually. As a team I want to be a podium team, meaning we place top four at the state meet,” Hubner said.

Each year, runners and teams come and go, leaving behind different and unique legacies, but Hubner believes this year’s team has qualities others haven’t.

“There is just a lot of excitement and enthusiasm for the sport. We have a lot of new freshmen who are always so ready to hop on new experiences and just go for it,” Hubner explains.

For senior Abby Wendell, her teammates are huge part of why cross country is so important to her.

“I love my team and our chemistry. I run cross country because I like to push myself when things get tough,” Wendell emphasizes.

With the season coming to a close, Wendell is eager to achieve her goals.

“I want to try to get a varsity letter for my last season and know I gave it my all and not regret anything I could’ve done better,” Wendell said.

The team traveled to Camdenton, Missouri this past weekend and competed in the Ha Ha State Park invitational. The team had six girls that placed in the top 25, including Hubner who placed third and junior Tessa Valdivia who placed first in the meet.

The team will compete at the Varsity Conference Championship meet Saturday, October 7.