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High School Cross Country: Working Hard for Success

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Daveion Robinson, Staff Writer

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After training and attending newly established camps over the summer, our Cross Country team is ready to dominate this year. Head Coach Kristen Johnston and Assistant Coach Michael Hess say their plan this season is to have at least four athletes make it to The State Championships as well as setting four personal records during their season.

Coach Johnston and Coach Hess’s extensive cross country experience has informed the effective changes they made this season. Coach Kristen Johnston, explains her athletic background began at Central High school, as an athlete who made it to The State Meet. She also ran for USC Cross country team. As for the first year coaching Michael Hess, has been doing distance running for mostly all his life with that being said he ran marathons in all seven continents.

So far the changes have helped the team improve this season. This team has been working extremely hard to get where they are today, from conditioning over the summer to working nonstop during the season. Coach Johnston proudly says, “All of my athletes work hard and stay motivated. Everyone has their days, but even if they don’t break their personal record at their meet, the fact that they still have the drive to succeed is all I care about”. The veterans are doing extremely well this season. Sabreen Atwal, a junior is the top girl varsity runner at Central, is very competitive and has a deep drive to succeed. Senior Katerina Kezirian has been running for the team for four years and loves Cross Country. Each year she improves a lot which makes her one of the top girls runners on varsity. The new members on the team are doing a phenomenal job as well, such as Paris Soria and Selena Garay; they started off the season running on varsity level.

Johnston and Hess explained that they added more meets to the schedule to challenge the runners and get them prepared for Brooke’s sponsored Mt.Sac, the largest cross country meet in the world over 18,000 athletes. The Central Cross Country parents supported the idea of additional meets, despite the cost and transportation,this help individual athletes and the team as a whole. Athletes also had to commit  to the additional demands adding more mileages, aerobic exercises, and workouts that will increase their endurance and improve their individual  mindset. Coach Johnston says, “Cross country is both a mental and physical sport. Positive thoughts and staying motivated is great if you’re a runner”.

 

 

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