The Sweet Grass County High School cross country team ended their season on a great note for the 2014 year. The mighty five runners did a fantastic job throughout the season while continuously improving their times. Tanna Campbell, Jordan Chulyak, Clayton Gano, Dylan Laverell, and Brandon Schwers ran their hardest at every meet taking them all the way to state. Tanna improved her time by 1 minute and 38 seconds from her first meet to state, Jordan by 54 seconds, Clayton by 1 minute and 46 seconds, Dylan by 58 seconds, and Brandon by 1 minute and 5 seconds.
The team works hard all season to improve these times with very rigorous practices beginning with their warm up which consists of dynamic stretching and a quick easy run. After their warm up the team goes for a longer run that gets longer as the season progresses. They end their practices with weights. All of this hard work prepares the team for what really matters, their meets.
At their meets the entire team works hard to make their coach, Christina Bowden, extremely proud. “ This year went by the fastest yet, they were a great group of kids. They were all brand new to cross country but worked hard” said Bowden regarding the team. At their meets the team anxiously waits for the race just before theirs to begin before they begin their warm up, then they run their hardest to improve their time and finish each race strong. Once each runner has finished their race they are highly anticipated to watch and enthusiastically cheer on their teammates.
“Cross country keeps you fit. You meet a lot of really cool people and you really bond with the people on your team. It is a lot of fun and keeps you active,” said Tanna Campbell about cross country. Along with staying active cross country is a lifelong sport and is a great way to stay in shape. With an astonishing 157.5 miles ran this season the team will come back next year stronger than ever with yet another impressive season.