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Cross country team looks to go state

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By Bryce Babcock

After last year’s District 5-4A championship, the Wildcat cross country team is back in action again.

Led by Coach John Ponsonby, the wildcats looking to improve in any way they can to do even better this year, and that includes getting better individually.

“I would like to place in every meet, and place well in state,” senior runner Devin Norton said.

The Wildcats have already participated in two tournaments, one at Marcus on Aug. 31, and one in Prosper on Sept. 7.

At the Marcus meet, the Wildcats placed 24th in the men’s 5,000 meter with a team score of 604, and 15th in the women’s with a score of 353.

Despite having a few runners place in the top 50 in the Marcus and Prosper meets, the team says they still have aspects they need to improve on.

“I need to improve on my distance,” senior runner Kolby Kuehler said. “Running longer in practice helps.”

Unlike other sports, in cross country running too hard and not pacing yourself can be something you have to practice for as well.

“It’s really easy to overdo it,” Norton said. “You want to get better.”

The team uses the leadership from each other and their coach to get over obstacles like fatigue and miscommunication.

“One of our strengths is communication while running,” Kuehler said “it’s important, because we have to be on the same page.”

Through all the morning runs, the long days, and the early weekends, all the runners have different things that get them going.

“I just love to run, it’s one of the things I’ve always been good at,” Norton said. “I feel like to be in cross country you have to.”

With the runners ready and the coaches’ encouragement, the Wildcat cross country team is looking to compete for a district or even a state title.

“Both teams will definitely go to state this year,” Norton said.

BRYCE BABCOCK is a junior at Guyer High School and a participant in the Denton Record-Chronicle’s “Speak Out Loud” program for student journalists.