East Forsyth Cross Country is approaching the end of their seven meet season. Considered one of the toughest sports of all, Cross Country requires its runners to run 3.1 miles across varied terrain, while being timed. Unlike other popular East fall sports, there are no timeouts, substitutions, halftimes, or any other kinds of breaks. Running up to 6 miles a day for practice is considered crazy for most people, but for these endurance-junkies, it’s just a normal afternoon.
Eli Jones (’18) is fine with running so much during practice because he knows in order to be successful, he must put in time. “My season has gone well so far, but I want to get a lot faster times by the end of the season.” His goal is to become one of the top runners in the nation by his senior year and we wish him the best of luck with his efforts to do so.
Kathryn Paulsen (’18) said, “It has been fun, but somewhat disappointing compared to my freshman year. Recovering from my hip injury last year hasn’t helped improve my time, but I still enjoy doing it and being around my teammates!” If you’re thinking of trying out for Cross Country in the future, she recommends the sport as a great stress reliever.
Hunter Graves (’19) just started Cross Country this season in preparation for his upcoming lacrosse season. “It’s definitely a lot harder than I expected it to be. The sport just motivates me, and I really like being around the people.” He said he will definitely return to the sport next year.
Unlike most sports that compete, at Cross Country meets the team with the fewest points wins. However, not everyone can contribute points because only the top five runners of each team can score. The further behind you place in the race, the more points you earn.
The Cross Country team practices everyday, but on Mondays and Fridays, they have “long runs,” where they run at least six miles. Their practice location changes to help them train in different places, so they can be found at the East Forsyth track, on the East Forsyth campus, at Salem Lake Fishing Station, and at Triad Park.
As the 2016 Cross Country season is coming to an end, we hope to see our Eagles finish well during their season! Good luck runners!