Cross Country Races into the New Season

New runner Joseph Fisher joins team to get in shape for National Guard

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Cross Country Races into the New Season

Blair Cornelius, Staff Writer

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Freshman Amber Hitt places in the first cross country meet.

It’s a new season for the cross country team, and Coach Shanna Johnson thinks the new district is a positive change. This year there are seven girls and four guys on the team. The first meet this season was at ETCH at Letourneau University. Amber Hitt, freshmen, had the lowest time for the girls at 15:19, finishing four out of 75.

Dedication

When asked about the meet, Jalen Jackson, junior, recalled there being, “Lots of hills and lots of mud.”

Saturday, September 22 at the Pine Tree and Pig Trot meet, Hitt finished first for the Harleton girls with a time of 14:50. Jackson finished first for the Harleton boys with a time of 21:25.

In past seasons, according to the team’s performance, Pine Tree and Pig Trot seem to be the most challenging course. Before each race, Coach C., what the kids refer to her as, huddles the team up where they go through their pre-race ritual of praying and stretching.

Coach C. likes to remind the team with the saying, “More prayer, more power.”

Junior Joseph Fisher had a special reason to join the cross country team this season; he enlisted in the National Guard–a branch of the Army Reserves.  Fisher plans to go to college and serve with the Guard concurrently.  He signed last month.  Recruits can sign at 17 as long as they have their parent’s signed permission.

“It is a good way to get ready and get used to running.  Before (he began cross country) I couldn’t run 2 or 3 laps without stopping.  Now I can run 3 miles non-stop. I never thought I could do that.””

— Joseph Fisher

Fisher decided to join the cross country team because

“It is a good way to get ready and get used to running.  Before (he began cross country) I couldn’t run 2 or 3 laps without stopping.  Now I can run 3 miles non-stop. I never thought I could do that.””

— Joseph Fisher

His goal is to run 2 miles in under 16 minutes for boot camp.  Once a month, Fisher’s recruiter picks him up in New Diana and they drive to Tyler for physical training and classroom work.  If they pass their physical training goals, they get to enjoy fun activities like paintball wars.

Fisher will continue afternoon runs with the team and meets on Saturdays so he can reach his goals.

 

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