XC runners see improvements in first half of season

by Jason Kim/jaskim20@pceagles.org

Senior Daniel Mora participates in Iowa State meet.

All runners set new personal records at their second cross country meet at the Central College course for the Dutch Invite on September 7. “All runners pretty much dropped significant time between the first two meets or are already running the same times they did 2-3 weeks later in the season last year,” head coach Mike Buchheit said. At the Lynnville meet, the boy’s team scored third place out of eight schools. The girl’s team scored ninth place out of  13 schools in the Oskaloosa meet. 

According to Buchheit, the team’s “Driven” theme applies to all aspects of life, including sharing our faith and living out our faith, being the best neighbors, friends, and family members, and doing our best in the classroom. “Certainly with our team, how we are ‘Driven’ to be the best version of ourselves at each practice and how we take care of our health and wellness in and out of practice,” he said. 

The cross country team has grown since last year with nine out of 20 being new to the team. New freshmen and international students joined the returning runners. But for girls,  just five runners are healthy enough to compete. “Whenever someone gets injured, we have a problem to meet because we have just six runners on the team,” senior Sydney Hooyer said.

This is the second year as coach for Buchheit, so he keeps learning the sport and trying new things, practicing routines at various training locations and participating in new meets. He also encourages senior leadership in the team. “In every practice the coaches run with us, and they push us not only physically, also mentally, especially when coach Alex Thomas talks in person,” senior leader Daniel Mora said.

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