By Rebekah Edens
You may have seen athletes running the streets of Cleveland, even during the excessive heat and humidity. These athletes are putting in the grueling miles they need to get ready for their Cross Country season. Now that the season has arrived, they will get to see the fruits of their summer training rewarded.
“Our runners have built up strength and endurance, and have worked on mental preparation and racing strategies,” said Coach Rebekah Edens. “The kids love cross country because it’s social (they train and compete as a team) and the unique courses are challenging.”
The junior high and high school teams competed in their first race over the weekend as they participated in the Cim-Tel 5K, which raises money for Cleveland Athletics. Several athletes medaled in their age groups and overall. Kyler Kauk placed #3 overall and #1 age group, Jacob Smith #4 overall and #2 age group, Bailey Layman #2 female and #2 age group, Elizabeth Maker #1 age group, Justice Rhody #3 age group.
Runners are anxious to begin their regular season meets this week. The high school team will compete at the Owasso Relays on Thursday at Mohawk Park in Tulsa. The meet will feature a 4 person, 6-mile relay (1.5 miles per runner). Saturday, the junior high teams will run at the Sapulpa Chieftain Meet.