The cross-country team traveled to Terre Haute on Saturday, September 7th to compete in the THSB State Preview meet. The invite was held at the Lavern Gibson Championship Cross Country course where the state meet will be held. Our cross-country team competed in the 1A-3A race.

The varsity boys team had outstanding races to bring home a 1st place out of 18 teams filled with 149 runners in total. Zachary West had a great start and pulled away after the mile marker to win the 1A-3A meet. West ran a personal record in a time of 17:02. JD Hawks & Nick Toleos ran together and finished 10th & 11th. Kyler Strange placed 18th, in 23rd was Hunter Smith, Aiden Frost in 25th, and Sriram Srinivasan in 33rd.  Other runs in the varsity race were David Bradley placing 40th with a PR, Braden Robison 41st, Aaron Gommel 43rd, Jared Carter 45th, and Alex Eminhiser 64th.

“I started my freshman year, I’m really competitive and I like the physical benefits of running. I won individually at the invite and we won as a team which was exciting and I’m happy with what we accomplished so far but I hope to do better,” said West.

The upcoming meet after the THSB state preview meet, the team had traveled to Brown county as Zachary West broke the school record with a time of 16:29.2.

“My season is going good so far, to prepare I show up to practices and work hard every day. I ate good a few nights before the THSB meet and had someone pushing me the whole time and thankfully, I had a good kick which is what helped me win at end,” said Murphy.

Practices are long and tough and are consisted of either a sprint day or a distance day. Sprint days are when you run a certain route or a certain number of meters and keep repeating. The other type of practice is distance. These consist of running miles at a time and stay in packs which typically, you have to keep up with the pack if you don’t want to be left behind. Meets then come into play after all the hard practices and your heart is racing at the start line. Then you hear the gun go off and everyone bursts out.

The girls team ran very well at the THSB preview as they finished 2nd out of 12 teams. In the invite, there were 102 runners in the race.  Murphy Adams ran an amazing last ½ mile pushing her to finish first place in the 1A-3A race. Abbi Coyle and Summer Stogsdill both ran almost every step together and placed 12th & 14th. Emerson Haines ran great to place 21st, Kloe Coyle got 33rd, Maleigha Howard got 40th, Jessica Fischer got 43rd, Jaleigha Howard got 50th, Abby Lewis got 57th and Lucy Gascho got 64th.

“To prepare for these big meets we practice hard all week so it pays off on the weekend and this is the best we have done but there is always room to improve but as a team, we all did great,” said Haines.

Cross country involves racing anywhere between 2 and 6.2 miles through fields, up hills, in woods, and so on. The Lebanon Cross Country team is filled with many hardworking and mentally tough athletes. There next meet will be on Saturday, September 28 at the Golden Bear Invitational in Shelbyville beginning at 8:30am.

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