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...

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.

Cross country teams overcome obstacles

Girls varsity runners junior Claire Smout, senior Lauren Calvin, senior Emily Dickson and junior Chloe Hershenow run at the Aug.26 Parkway Quad.

Peyton Gaskill, Staff Writer

September 25, 2017

The boys’ and girls’ cross country teams started the season off by winning at the Parkway Quad, Stan Nelson at Northwest High School, the Ed White Invitational at Cape Girardeau and the Hancock Invitational. Both teams have overcome roadblocks en route to success. “We came into this season with a lot of in...

Track and cross country girls face catcalling

Running down the street, freshman Emma Caplinger trains for upcoming cross country summer camps.

Sabrina Bohn, Staff Writer

May 23, 2017

Catcalling, commenting or yelling at women passing by, is a widespread problem among the girls who run track and cross country.   “They tell me and my teammates to run faster, they comment on our bodies or they just yell and try to scare us,” sophomore Natalie Butler said. According to junio...

Girls cross country enters championship season

Racing ahead, varsity runners and seniors Rikita Saunders and Maggie Morse compete at the Stan Nelson Invitational.

October 21, 2016

The varsity team will begin their championship season at Districts on Saturday, Oct. 22. If they qualify as one of the top four teams at the meet, they will then attend Sectionals on Oct. 29 to qualify for State. “I feel nervous because we will be facing tougher competition, but at the same time th...

Girls cross country recovers from iron deficiencies to start season strong

Racing together in a pack, the varsity team competes at the Hancock Invitational.

Grant Aden

September 29, 2016

After the 54th Hancock invitational on Sept. 24, the girls varsity and JVcross country team remains undefeated. “The race went well, I was a little worried because it was at 11:30 [a.m.] so it was pretty warm on Saturday. We haven't really caught a break so far, we have had either heat or rain,...

Cross Country runners complete Frostbite Half-Marathon

Butler and Osborne run together before the eighth mile-marker, Osborne sporting West's blue cross country bow. With temperatures skimming 32 degrees, both runners wore headbands to guard their ears from the wind.

Emily Dickson, Conceptual EiC Intern

February 16, 2016

In pouring rain, freezing snow or dazzling sunshine, it seems that running never stops for West’s cross country athletes, even in the off-season.

Girls XC gets out the broom

The varsity racers gather before their race to discuss strategies. “I know we’ve swept the last two, but there may have been more. I do know that out the nine years we’ve done this, our varsity team has won seven times. The only two times we didn’t win, we were beaten by our rival, Central,” head coach Charlie Cutelli said.

Allie Collins, Staff Writer

August 31, 2015

Girls Cross Country wins all levels of races at the Parkway Quad Meet on August 28 at Castlewood Park.

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