Senior Ryan Caton reflects on his running career after his final season is postponed

Sprinting toward the finish line, senior Ryan Caton races at the Missouri Sectionals meet at Parkway Central High School Nov. 2, which was one of the last cross country races of his career. He finished the race in 14th place and qualified for state the following week. “My teammates [were] everything. Nobody was motivated for themselves; everyone was motivated for the whole team, and that is something I can’t thank them enough for,” Caton said. “I felt very happy that I was able to end my season at state. Not very many people were able to do that.”

Jacob Stanton, Staff Writer

April 29, 2020

After three months of preparation and running more than 500 miles during the off-season, senior Ryan Caton is one of many spring athletes seeing their final season slip away due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Parkway officially announced April 9 that all schools and athletics, including track and field, were...

Cross country team comes together by practicing in the off-season

During Red and Blue night on August 27  the boys’ Cross country team came together for their first race of the season. Before racing against each other, the team captains divided the teammates into red, white and blue teams. “My teammates definitely motivate me to get better, whether it's through giving encouragement or making plans to train together,” senior Dawson Ren said.  “I'm really glad to have such awesome teammates, and I've grown really close to them. Racing with them is another joy, because we can spur each other on during competition.”

Jacob Stanton, Staff Writer

September 6, 2019

Waking up with the sun, athletes on the boys and girls cross country teams unite at 6 a.m. to begin their weekly practices in hopes of improving for the upcoming fall season. “The thing about running during the offseason is how well it prepares you for the regular season,” senior captain Emma Ca...

Girls cross country follows birthday traditions

Taping balloons to girls cross country coach Charles Cutelli’s science room, the team fills his room with decorations to celebrate his birthday. The team used one of their many inside jokes with Cutelli to decorate his room. “My favorite part of decorating was spending time with all the girls and just getting to have fun,” sophomore Claire Hardy said.

Anna Pavlisin, Staff Writer

November 13, 2018

Lining up 500 varying sized cups of water, the girls cross country team prepared for coach Charlie Cutelli's belated surprise birthday celebration. Rather than decorating his room on his birthday Oct. 11, the team waited four days to reveal their surprise. “[The team was] originally going to dec...

Photo gallery: girls cross country

On their marks, the JV squad waits for the gun to sound at the Dale Shepherd Invitational Sept. 29. JV placed first with a team score of 55 points. “I try to get out to the front of the pack pretty early on and from there I pay close attention to the people racing around me, like listening to their breathing and footsteps, and that helps me decide when to make my move,” senior Hannah Rushing said.

Claire Smout, Awards Coordinator

November 2, 2018

As the girls JV cross country season winds to an end, the varsity squad is preparing to compete in the state meet Oct. 3.

Girls cross country team poised to podium at state

Pacing together, sophomores Leach Selm and Emily Sipp compete at the Paul Enke Invitational at Sioux Passage Sept. 15. Sipp and Selm have both qualified to compete with the state team.

Maria Newton, Features Editor

November 1, 2018

The varsity girls cross country team is preparing for their state meet Oct. 3. Sophomore Leah Selm, junior Emma Caplinger and seniors Natalie Butler, Chloe Hershenow and Claire Smout are returning members of the state qualifying team. Other members include freshman Kate Yates and sophomore Emily Sipp....

After suffering a lung collapse, senior Caleb Canatoy is inspired to pursue nursing

Senior Caleb Canatoy leads the pack during a boys Cross Country practice. Despite having his lung collapse last spring, Canatoy is a captain on the Varsity team and hopes to inspire young runners in the same way alumnus Jacob Cupps did for him. “My freshman year we had Jacob Cupps as a captain and he was also going through an injury, but it was cool how he had a connection to the freshmen,” Canatoy said.

Maria Newton, Features Editor

September 17, 2018

During the spring of 2018, senior Caleb Canatoy woke up one morning to a sharp pain in his back. “It was just a really normal mom thought it was just muscle cramps,” Canatoy said. “But then it progressed and I couldn’t breathe.” Canatoy’s parents took him to the hospital where he d...

Boys cross country team reflect on third place finish at state

Chris Bass, Staff Writer

November 10, 2017

On Nov. 4, the top seven runners from the varsity cross country team competed in the Class 4 MSHSAA State Cross Country Championship meet, in Jefferson City. This meet marked the 30th time the team has competed at state. “I think it is just a really exciting experience for the kids. I was expe...

Junior Sophie Pellegrino recounts recovery from anorexia with spiritual healing

Junior Sophie Pellegrino recounts recovery from anorexia with spiritual healing

Kelsey Long, Staff Writer

November 10, 2017

Junior Sophie Pellegrino beat anorexia and recovered after a long period of struggling. Now, she uses her story to help others who are suffering. Her disorder started in eighth grade. She would wake up, look in the mirror and weigh herself. After that, she would go into the kitchen, eat around five gr...

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