Lay It On the Line: Cross Country 2012

Max Blanchard

Every minute she spent Chemistry 2 worksheet, she lost more and more—sleep. She knew that as soon as she fell asleep, her alarm was going to ring obnoxiously and she was going to hit ‘the snooze button at least four times before she woke up. There were no sounds from outside and only street lights illuminated the sky. She knew she had a full day ahead of Junior Emily Sneed managed a busy schedule while alsO having to get up early for cross country practices. Due to heat warnings, 6 a.m. practices were instituted five times.

“This year feels different because the morning practices change your running routine and after school routine, ” Sneed said. “I’m tired the entire day, but don’t mind running early because I’m finished for the day.”

This year, the cross country coaches stepped things up to increase the team’s motivation to achieve results. The coaches created a rule that the runners must be able to run two miles straight without walking. The rule emphasized that even though cross country is a no cut sport, everyone has to take it seriously. There had also been harder practices than normal because, with three returning state runners, the team gave it their all in order to do well at state. Senior Jack Howland was a team captain, and wanted the team to push themselves as far as they could.

“Our goal this season is just making it to state. We barely got left out at regionals last year,” Howland said. “We’ve got a lot of senior leadership, and some good young runners. We are just all trying to work towards our goal.”

While the runners recognized the already present challenges for this season, a major challenge presented itself halfway through the season. Head coach Tricia Beahm’s husband passed away before the Haskell invitational. This incident was hard for the entire team, and shook everyone up emotionally. Senior Katie Crawford, who ran for Beaham since freshman year, and her teammates tried to remain strong for their head coach.

“It definitely was hard to hear the news,” Crawford said. “l think since everyone respects Trish so much we all felt horrible. We wanted to run well, not just for our team, but to be strong for her and show her how much we care. I was just trying to do my best for her.”