Athletes will begin conditioning Monday, July 31
Summer training for conditioning for cross country in August begins Monday, July 31 at 7:30 a.m. Athletes will master and improve their three mile time and work on, not only their endurance, but speed.
Head girls Cross-Country coaches Kelly Butler and Lindsey Quebedeaux not only train athletes but determine places for varsity.
“I hope everyone is going to run over summer because it is not going to be easy even on their first day back,” Coach Butler said. “Athletes should come prepared if they really want it.”
Each athlete has different aspirations and drive for the season that is about to come.
“For summer training, I really want to push myself and work hills to make them easier during season and to actually run over the summer,” junior Rachel Semlinger said. “My goal for next year is to hopefully make varsity and place well in most of them.”
Competition happens not only in meets, but practice as well. Coaches run with their athletes from hill training to mile repeats to time trials hoping to push them even harder.
“Coach Butler usually runs with the boys, and I run with girls,” Coach Quebedeaux “It feels like I’m running an actual race because they get so competitive with me which is the reason why I do it.”
Beginning in the summer not only prepares the team for upcoming meets, but it creates a stronger bond and welcomes newcomers. By Serena Morales