Crossing The Line with Red Mountain Cross Country Team

The cross country team is planning to do big things this 2016 school year, like winning the city meet and making it to state. Coaches Krieg and Selby are training the student athletes harder than ever to achieve their goals. In the 2015-2016 season, the freshman girls’ team won the city meet. At state, varsity girls placed 13th, while the guy’s team placed top 10.

“My goals are their goals: to get better, to win a city title, make it to state and place top 10,”

– Coach Krieg

From freshman to varsity, the team is working hard to achieve this goal by dedicating endless time to the sport.

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Getting ready to start their race, the boys varsity team comes together for on last cheer. Photo by: Mrs. Saquella

“We are together a lot of the time, we practice six out of seven days of the week, and on race days we spend almost the entire day together,” sophomore Broderick Bourgeois said.

Running 3.1 miles, equivalent to a 5k, teammates cheer for each other on and off the course. The team trains 48 out of the 52 weeks in a year while going up to Greer in the summer and Flagstaff during October Break for high-altitude training.

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As the gun goes off the boys Varsity team starts their city race on October 18, 2016 Photo by Mrs. Saquella
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Keeping her eyes on the finish line. senior Kaylie Smithson finishes her race. Photo by: Mrs. Saquella

“Once you start running, it’s hard to stop,” sophomore Tyra Lamoreaux said. “The team creates such a good atmosphere for everyone and we all grow so close.”

For more information on the cross country team, go to http://www.mpsaz.org/rmhs/athletics/programs/xc or talk to Coach Krieg and Coach Selby.

(Featured photo by Seth Harper; Slideshow photos by Ms. Saquella)

 

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