By: Jessica Bruening
We’re about a month and half into cross country, and so far, the 2017 season has been full of tough workouts, exciting meets, and lots of ice cream. The season started at the beginning of August, and everyone was excited to get back into running with the team and get to know our (nine!) new freshmen. We picked back up with our old traditions, such as Mitchell’s Monday, where the team goes out for ice cream at Mitchell’s after Monday’s practice, and Running Skirt Wednesday, which is gradually gaining more participants. After a few easier weeks of easing back into practice every day, we began our more difficult workouts, such as field loops and hill repeats, made even more challenging by the blazing hot sun or the pouring rain. Although these workouts can seem practically impossible in the moment, they have paid off in the long run in preparing us for our races.
Our first two meets were in Burton North Canton. We all had to readjust to the insanely early bus rides, the pre-race warm-up routines, and the feeling of being pretty much dead after crossing the finish line, but it was exciting to finally get to compete after working so hard at practices all month. We then had our overnight Tiffin meet, which is always a favorite. It’s definitely a team bonding experience, from blasting music on the two-hour bus ride there, to the entire team hanging out in one of the hotel rooms the night before the race, to competing in one of the biggest cross-country meets in Ohio, and then finally to everyone passing out on the bus ride home. This year was particularly exciting because both our varsity and JV teams took first place in their races. On September 16th, we will be racing at the Forest Hills meet, which is infamous for the massive hill right in the middle of the course. It will definitely be a challenge for all of us, but we have been training hard for it.
On September 13th, the cross country team held a carwash to raise money for the people affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. We met after school at the Mr. Tire on Fairmount Circle, and washed cars from 4:00-6:00. We also had people standing out by the road, holding signs that we made to bring in more customers. We had a very good turnout, with many HB students, faculty, and family members along with many people we didn’t know stopping by to donate and have their cars washed. We ended up raising about $950, which will all go straight to the Hurricane Harvey and Irma Relief Fund, to help out the victims of the storms. It was a really great experience for us as a team to come together and do something that will make a difference for people who are in a time of need, and we had a lot of fun doing it. We’re very thankful for everyone who came by to show their support. I think the entire team is looking forward to what the rest of the season has to bring, including many more team dinners, races, and Senior Night, which is October 7th, after Light the Night. Hopefully we’ll have some fans come out and support while we recognize our seniors.